An Outreach Initiative by Layla for Frontline Workers in Healthcare in Ontario & Alberta

Mental Health First Aid Training Initiative

What is EMDR Therapy?


Understanding the Importance of Mental Health First Aid

As frontline professionals in healthcare, you play an invaluable role in shaping the patient experience. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) provides evidence-based training to help identify and assist individuals facing mental health challenges. Early intervention is crucial, and you can make a significant difference. To learn more about MHFA, please visit

Note: MHFA training typically costs between $100-200 per participant. Layla is offering this initiative at no cost as a mental health awareness effort specifically aimed at frontline professionals in healthcare


MHFA Information

How does MHFA help me?

This is a certificate program that is governed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). Upon completion, you will receive an MHFA certificate. The program will help participants:

  • Recognize signs and symptoms of mental health challenges
  • Develop your communication ability to approach mental health with others
  • Understand ethical and effective interventions.
  • Develop skills for patient-centered care

Training will be delivered by a Certified MHFA facilitator who has training and experience in the field of mental health and mental illness.

How does EMDR therapy work?
EMDR Therapy support


Why is Layla Offering This?

Layla is committed to enhancing mental health awareness and skills among workers in healthcare settings, particularly those in frontline roles. This initiative aims to foster an educated and empathetic approach to mental health within healthcare settings. The objective aligns closely with Layla’s mission of empowering people to take control of their mental health.


Additional details

Logistics and Next Steps

  • Training Length: The virtual live training is offered in 2 sessions of 3 hours each.
  • Next Available Course Date: June 12th and June 26th: 6-9pm EST/4-7pm MST
  • Next Steps: Expressing your interest by filling out the form below and we'll provide you with further details.
  • Eligibility: Patient-facing professionals working in both clinical and non-clinical roles in healthcare care settings in Ontario and Alberta are welcome to express their interest in this training initiative.
How does EMDR therapy work?

Complete our sign up form to indicate your interest in signing up for our June course or for future dates.

What is EMDR Therapy?

About the Facilitator: Debra Lefebvre

Debra Lefebvre is an award-winning, trauma-informed Registered Nurse, psychotherapist, public speaker, transformational leader, and nurse consultant. She is a mental health specialist and owner of Limestone City Mental Health. Debra is a fierce advocate for equitable healthcare, and her advocacy and scholarship have focused on promoting understanding of mental illness and connecting through compassion. She is a medical contributor who has been featured on numerous television, radio and news outlets. Debra is a published author and sought-after consultant, educator, and speaker for a variety of audiences in mental health. In her former role, Debra held senior leadership positions in local, national, and international health organizations. She is the mother of four young adults and enjoys spending time with them, as well as traveling and cycling with her husband. She volunteers with various community organizations and is a Board member of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario.

*Please note that the launch of this initiative is contingent on interest levels. At this time, we plan and hope to offer the initiative, but it is not guaranteed. For more information, you can reach out to us at