Mental Health First Aid Workshops - developed by The Mental Health Commission of Canada

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis is resolved.

Mental Health First Aid Basic is a 12-hour workshop (delivered over 2 days) to help participants learn to talk and listen to a friend, work colleague or family member who they suspect may be dealing with a mental health or addiction problems. The course discusses the following mental disorders: substance-related disorders; mood-related disorders; anxiety and trauma-related disorders; psychotic disorders. Crisis first aid skills are taught to help participants become more skilled and comfortable in dealing with substance overdose, suicidal behaviour, panic and acute stress reactions and psychotic episodes.


Mental Health First Aid gives people the skills to assist with mental health crisis or mental health problems  – in the workplace, in public or at home.

Upcoming course:  November 25-26, 2017 at Nanaimo Family Life Association, 1070 Townsite Road, Nanaimo, BC.  Call 250 754 3331 to register.

Cost: $200 -  includes two days of training, lunch and manual.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is a treatment that has shown to be effective in treating a wide range of disorders such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders, and substance abuse among others. It is recognized as the gold standard psychological treatment for individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). This group teaches mindfulness meditation skills, which is a core skill used throughout the group. Other areas of emphasis include Emotional Regulation, Distress Tolerance and Interpersonal Effectiveness skill building.

Imagine being calmer in the face of great distress.  Imagine not reacting to all your negative emotions and learning how to soothe yourself until the emotion dissipates.  And, imagine learning how to communicate more effectively.  This is what DBT is all about.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

I have been certified by Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto to teach MBSR.

MBSR is a simple yet powerful stress reduction program that, if embraced and practiced daily, can bring awareness and healing to both body and mind. It was initially developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn (PhD), in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Research indicates that mindfulness training can have a significant therapeutic effect for those experiencing stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, depression and chronic pain. In addition, participants typically report feeling more alive, more "in-tune" with themselves and others and able to cope with disturbing events with grace and composure. 

Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment. We also gain immediate access to our own powerful inner resources for insight, transformation, and healing.


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Michael Kuntz MSW, RSW


H-427 Fitzwilliam Street 

Nanaimo, BC V9R 3A9

Fitzwilliam Gate