Mental Health Wilderness First Aid (MHWFA)

Mental Health Wilderness First Aid (MHWFA) courses provide interactive, evidence-based training on recognizing, assessing, and supporting those who are experiencing a range of mental health conditions in remote areas. Rural communities, wilderness guides, search & rescue members, tree planters, outdoor educators, and others living, working, or playing in remote areas have benefitted from MHWFA. Students are provided with an orientation to mental health conditions and psychoeducation (how the brain works); assessment tools, connection to outside resources, and practical intervention strategies for field use.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must be 18 years of age or older.
  2. Must be a Canadian citizen, have a Permanent Residency, Student Visa or Work Visa.
  3. Must be registered in, or have completed the Training Academy Essentials program (workshops and/or outdoor journey) prior to certification course start date.
  4. Preference will be given to Black, Indigenous, People of Color and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals.
  5. Must have current or future professional goals which require this certification to work as an outdoor instructor or guide within the next year.
  6. Successful applications will be notified by an email. Please note we require at least three weeks notice if you are unable to attend.
  • Option 1: March 5, 7, 12, 14, 2024
    Tuesday & Thursday Evenings
    3:00pm – 6:00pm PT
  • Option 2: March 6, 13, 20, 27, 2024
    Wednesday Evenings
    5:00pm – 8:00pm PT
  • Option 3: March 16, 23, 2024
    8:00am – 3:00pm PT
  • Option 4: April 6, 13, 2024
    8:00am – 3:00pm PT
  • Option 5: November 2, 16, 2024
    8:00am – 3:00pm PT


Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Identify a range of mental health conditions and the basics of nervous system activation
  • Use a simple step-by-step structure to assess and intervene
  • Assess risk and the importance of differentiating field-manageable mental health symptoms from other conditions
  • “Hold the Space”: demonstrate interpersonal skills for supporting mental well-being
  • Utilize specific interventions to support mental health symptoms in the field
  • Create and implement individualized mental health safety plans for clients in the field


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