Mental Health First Aid Training


If I sprain my ankle, chances are you’ll know what to do.
If I have a panic attack, chances are you won’t.

If you’ve taken an emergency first aid course, you’ve learned the skills needed to help someone experiencing a sudden illness or injury. People can also experience mental health crises, and it is important that more of us know how to provide help.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a training course designed to give health professionals and members 
of the public the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. MHFA is an interactive, 12 hour workshop, offered over 2 days and is being offered to health professionals and members of the public on Cortes Island. It will teach participants to recognize the signs that a person may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis and how 
to provide initial help and guide the person to appropriate professional resources.

What you can expect from this course:
– Gain the confidence and skills to engage someone with an emerging mental health problem or in a mental health crisis;
– Greater recognition of mental health problems;
– Decreased stigma; and
– Improved mental health for yourself.

MHFA does not teach participants to become therapists or counsellors. Rather, it provides the skills, knowledge, and attitudes 
that allow someone to offer effective first aid intervention.

Friday, June 7 & Saturday, June 8, 2019
8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Klahoose Multipurpose Building
1790 Tork Road, Squirrel Cove
Cost: FREE

Registration deadline is May 30, 2019. Complete registration form HERE or contact, or call 250-935-8558.


Family Gathering February 2


Let’s gather to celebrate the stirrings of Spring!

Many traditions have feast days in early February, the mid-point between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. These include Candlemas, Chinese New Year, Chandeleur, Imbolc, Liichtmëssdag, St. Brigid’s, Fiesta de la Candelaria and even Groundhog Day.

Cortes families are invited to Linnaea Farm on Saturday, February 2 from 1 – 3pm for beeswax candle rolling and other festivities. Your ideas and volunteerism most welcome!

Date: Saturday, February 2
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Location: Linnaea Farm, Lakeview Room
Bring: (optional) Finger-food snacks, bread or garden seeds to share

Household Disaster Preparedness Talk – Jan 21, 2018

Presented by Shaun Koopman, Strathcona Regional District Emergency Services Coordinator.

Learn how to help yourself, your family, your co-workers and your neighbours in the first week and beyond following a disaster. The more that residents are able to take care of themselves after a major emergency, the more that resources can be directed to restoring services.

Date: Monday, January 21st
Time: 11am-12pm

Location: Manson’s Hall Pioneer Room
Cost: Free
Childcare provided by donation. Please RSVP.

Space is limited. Please pre-register.

Holiday Smiles for Cortes Kids

Do you know a family that would appreciate a little extra help this holiday season? The Cortes Community Health Association Family Support Program has received donations from local businesses towards the purchase of holiday gifts for Cortes children in low-income families.

Nominate a family in need by email to Desta at cortesfsc at gmail dot com.

Make a tax deductible donation to the Cortes Community Health Association Family Support Program Holiday Smiles Fund. 100% of your financial donation goes toward holidays gifts for children.

Donate securely online at

Make cheques payable to:
Cortes Community Health Association
Note: Holiday Smiles Fund
Send to: Box 59
Manson’s Landing, BC
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