PDC 2018 - Day 2 Session 6 Track 4: Donna Bowyer - Intro to Mental Health First Aide

Topic: Introduction to Mental Health First Aide

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is one of the training options that can prepare you as a Project Manager for what you may see in your staff.  Work life balance is a dream we work towards, but most of us are pulled with work issues or issues in our personal life at some time.  We can’t park our life issues at the door step at work and our work issues at the door when we leave.  Mental Health First Aid helps us in our life and helps as Project Managers.  MHFA teaches you about: substances, mood disorders, anxiety, and psychosis.  Not as a professional but as the person that first recognizes that you may know someone that is struggling.  We will also look at issues relating to the new cannabis legislation and how that may impact the workplace.


Donna Bowyer Bio:

Donna is currently the Provincial Director for the Friends for Life project under the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA, Sk Division) and also oversees the CMHA, Moose Jaw Branch.  Donna has been with CMHA for over 25 years.  She has worked with people with long term mental illness in the area of social and vocational rehabilitation and now is primarily an educator but still oversees Peer Support.  Donna is a certified trainer in many areas of prevention, recovery, suicide prevention,  and first aid for mental health problems.  Donna is also on a number of Provincial and National Committees.

Donna Lives in Moose Jaw with her husband and is a part of the clubhouse sandwich generation with boomerang children.


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