Mental Health First Aid Training

   Thursday, June 15 & Friday, June 16, 2017
ACCESS River East (Rm 117), 975 Henderson Hwy, Winnipeg, MB

Teen, alone and looking despondent

One in three Canadians will experience a mental health problem at some point in their life. Problems often first develop during adolescence or early adulthood, with half of all mental disorders beginning by age 14, and 75 per cent beginning by age 24.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained. MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved. The program does not teach people how to be therapists.

This two-day program is presented by experienced and certified Knowles Centre facilitators Lauren Hershfield, BA, MSW, Clinical Director; and Dave Purpur, BA, Group Care Treatment Director.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: The training is for youth care and support workers, social workers and therapists, parents and foster parents, educational professionals, and other caregivers who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to deal with children/youth developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

For more information, click to see the brochure and registration form or contact us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Seating is limited. Register today to ensure you don’t miss out on this important opportunity.

Welcome to Knowles Centre

Welcome to Knowles Centre. We are a non-profit treatment centre for children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties.

Knowles Centre began as an orphanage for boys in 1907. Today, Knowles Centre provides group care treatment, day treatment, sexual abuse treatment, treatment foster care, and independent living programs to both boys and girls and their families from Manitoba and other communities throughout Canada.

Every year we assist almost 250 boys and girls in our five core programs and supporting treatment services. Sadly, many come to us in crisis, their young lives already affected by neglect, physical or sexual abuse, racism and hopelessness. We provide a safe environment where clients receive treatment that helps to heal their hearts, minds and souls and puts them on a path to a better future. 

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