I just wanted to tell you how great and useful your class was. You are definitly fantastic at your job. You ran those two days with so much ease, depth and connection, it was inspiring to watch. I’ve actually had to use all that knowledge just a few days after finishing the workshop with you with a colleague who had a big mental breakdown/ anxiety attack at work. It is absolutely mind blowing how those pointers helped de-escalate the situation

A big thank you.


Annie C.

October 2019

“I had the wonderful opportunity to take the Mental Health First Aid course with a specific focus on youth, which was taught by Carla Abichahine.  Carla is an upbeat and inspirational educator whose vast knowledge and experience with mental health makes this course essential for persons who interact with youth.  The skills you learn by taking this course are valuable for you and the wider community you interact with.  The stigma that mental health carries in our culture will be broken by individuals who take the course.”

Lukas Hahn

October 2019

I just wanted to thank you again for your amazing workshop last week. You really made it “stick” with me and I feel a lot more confident about helping people now. In fact, I have used ALGEE twice since last week – once when a colleague came into my office and just didn’t look right – ended up sitting with me and chatting about some tough things going on in her life, and secondly when I spotted a student out on the roof in distress. Each time your words came back to me very clearly and I was able to be a duck!

Thanks my friend –


June 2019

I recently attended a workshop led by Carla on Mental Health First Aid. It was particularly tailored for those working in education with young people in an international setting. There were 22 of us, mostly teachers (a hard and potentially critical group to engage) and the workshop was intense, lasting two full days. Carla did a magnificent job, imparting some excellent knowledge and information, keeping us fully engaged, offering interactive opportunities and story- sharing from both her and us and leaving us with a very informative manual to refer to. As well as being knowledgeable and authoritative, she was extremely sensitive and responsive to every individual in the room. During the workshop she created an atmosphere of trust and respect, enabling us all to contribute and be vulnerable when appropriate, but at the same time using the time efficiently and productively. I would highly recommend her to any group needing to upgrade their understanding of youth mental health issues in an engaging and enjoyable atmosphere.

Libby Mason

Faculty Member

Pearson College UWC

August 2018



The Mental Health Instructor Training Course facilitated by Carla was an outstanding, thought provoking, experiential learning experience!  With imagination, and creativity, Carla moves between theory and practice with wisdom and compassion.  Her teaching strategies were both dynamic and realistic.  I unequivocally recommend that you attend one of her training sessions.


Stillman Jacquard, PhD RPsych

February 2018


I really enjoyed your presentation and ,of course, the valuable information you extended to us.

In my opinion, you are the epitome of the quintessential  facilitator.  So many times I have seen facilitators that have forgotten what the word means and end up talking to hear themselves talk!!!

You, on the other hand, presented some pretty intense information flawlessly and your “stories” were quite amazing and so very interesting.  I truly appreciate all the information and have already used ALGEE in our class of participants.  Mind you, I had to refer to the book as a reminder but I really feel confident that I followed the guidelines. J


Thanks again, Carla.  Hope our paths cross again




Geri Campbell

November 2017



The 2-days of Mental Health First Aid training with Carla was absolutely time well-spent! Carla’s fun and enthusiastic style along with her personal stories and anecdotes helped to make the concepts easy to understand – and use. This is the most real-world training I have taken in a very long time, I put what I learned into practice on the job the very next day! Carla created a supportive and encouraging environment where learning, participation and confidence was maximized. Thank you for a truly excellent learning experience.

Kim Kavanagh

Career Advisor

July 2017

Just wanted to thank you for teaching me some very valuable information this past weekend about mental health.

You are very passionate about the subject you teach and also a very compassionate person, and it shows in your presentation of the material in the course and the way you deliver it.

Thank you for doing what you do as I am sure you have helped very many people over the years.

Take care and I will do my best to do my homework each day.

Steve Vatcher

Fire Risk Manager

Lake Cowichan Fire Department

A truly excellent training experience:
I recently took the Mental Health First Aid program with facilitator
Carla Abichahine. The material was just right for front line workers
who see a range of students and who need support in