Training & Services
Mental health awareness increases the chances for early intervention, resulting in a fast recovery. Awareness reduces negative adjectives that have been set to describe people with mental illnesses.
By raising awareness, mental health can now be seen as an illness.
These illnesses can be managed by treatment.
Mental Health Training Catalog
15 Min Agenda Presentation
A mental health awareness course is a great way to go about arming you or your organization with an array of skills and knowledge that will ensure you are better equipped to support those around you. In just 15 minutes, we can provide a high-level impact presentation displaying the many benefits of mental health awareness training. We are currently providing the 15 Min Agenda Presentations virtually.
1 Hour Wellness Session
Mental health issues are becoming increasingly common in every community, affecting people of all backgrounds, genders, and abilities without discrimination. The best way to help those who are suffering from any mental health challenge is to be informed and aware of the problem and how it can manifest. The Lunch & Learn sessions are approximately one hour and cover stigma & statistics, signs and symptoms, an action plan, activity skits, and self-care for each mental health area of focus.
Participating in an interactive mental health presentation can offer numerous benefits for individuals. It provides a safe and educational space for individuals to learn about mental health and wellness. This can help individuals to better understand and manage their own mental health and well-being, as well as learn how to support others in their lives. Our interactive presentations often incorporate activities and discussions that engage attendees and encourage them to actively reflect on their own mental health experiences.
With a robust catalog of training, many of which include national certifications, we can provide quality training opportunities for multiple learning levels. QPR is an introduction to Suicide awareness, which can be completed in about one hour. Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This training can be completed in about 6 hours depending on the format and class size.
Everybody has bad days, but depression can make every day a bad day. You could spend days on end in bed, unwilling, or even unable to move, for depression can be so debilitating that it becomes physically disabling. That’s why it’s important for everyone to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression so you can take action and get support before it’s too late.
When your loved one is struggling, you want to do everything you can to help them. And sometimes, you don’t know what that is. As a family member or friend, it can be hard to know what to do, how to act or what to say. But your support can have a positive impact on your loved one’s long-term mental health and well-being.
About 3.6 percent of U.S. adults struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – that’s nearly 9 million people. Of those diagnosed with PTSD, 37 percent are classified as having severe symptoms. That means someone around you might be struggling with PTSD after facing a traumatic event, such as an accident, assault, witnessing something terrible happen, or mass traumatic event.
Currently, people think it’s an elective way to behave and think, but it’s actually a brain disease, like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or autism. The neurotransmitters, the physical structure, and the function of the brain change. People with psychosis may behave in confusing and unpredictable ways and may become threatening or violent. However, people with psychotic symptoms are more likely to harm themselves than someone else. Knowing the signs and symptoms of psychosis can be life-saving.
Substance Use Awareness
For 15.1 million adults in the United States, just one glass of wine has become an alcohol use disorder that is harder to control. And among those struggling with addiction to alcohol, an estimated 80,000 people lose their life to it each year. The numbers are devastating, but there are ways you can help. Every day, 140 individuals in the United States die of a drug overdose, 91 of them specifically due to opioids. Most of us know someone who has faced an addiction, and maybe even lost their life to it. These statistics say it all. It is more important now than ever that everyone is trained in substance awareness. This training also includes how to administer the lifesaving opioid overdose antidote, naloxone.
Suicide is more common than you think. Someone in the United States dies by suicide every 12.3 minutes. Suicide awareness training equips people with the tools of how to recognize signs of distress and guide a person toward appropriate treatment and other supportive measures. It teaches people how to help someone who is in crisis and how to be a pillar of support to someone living with a mental health disorder. Although we cannot prevent all suicides from happening, all of us can learn what to look for and how to act when confronted with suicidal thoughts or behaviors. When we have a better understanding and greater awareness, each of us be the one to make a difference in someone’s life.
Adult Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid for Adults teaches people how to recognize signs of mental health or substance use challenges in adults ages 18 and older, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide a person toward appropriate care if necessary. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions.
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.
Teen Mental Health First Aid
This in-person training teaches high school students about common mental health challenges and what they can do to support their own mental health and help a friend who is struggling. It’s equipping young people with the knowledge and skills they need to foster their own wellness and to support each other.
The guide seeks to introduce mental health and wellness, and how to care for one’s mental health in a non-threatening way that encourages the self-identification of warning signs and when to apply the use of internal and external health coping strategies to help reduce risk. It introduces the characteristics of trusted adults, who may be one, how to practice talking with a trusted adult, and promotes proactive communication. The books ends with an opportunity for youth to create a mental health plan (of action) that they can use daily, and in a time of need that can help them avert crisis.
More Than Sad
Teen Depression — Teaches students grades 9-12 to recognize the signs of depression in themselves and others.
Suicide Prevention Education for Teachers and Other School Personnel — Helps educators to recognize signs of deteriorating mental health in students and refer them for help.
Suicide Prevention Education for Parents — Teaches parents to recognize signs of depression and other mental health problems, initiates caring conversations with their children, and gets them help.
College Students and Mental Health
The transition to college often presents emotional challenges. It’s Real follows six students who wrestled with mental
health concerns, sought treatment, and found their own sense of balance. This session includes a short documentary, which includes a facilitator lead discussion, is appropriate for students, parents, staff and faculty.
Talk Saves Lives: LGBQTA+
Suicide can be prevented. This presentation will cover what we know about this leading cause of death, the most up-to-date research on prevention,
and what we can all do to fight suicide.
Participants will learn the common risk factors for suicide in LGBT populations, how to spot the warning signs in others, and how to keep ourselves, our loved ones and those in our community safe.
Talk Saves Lives: Firearms
Firearms are used in nearly 50% of all suicides in the United States. We know that firearm owners have an important role to play in helping to prevent suicide in our communities. Most people who take their lives exhibit one or more warning signs, either through what they say or what they do. This training can help prevent suicide by providing suicide prevention education to firearms retailers, shooting ranges, and the firearms-owning community.
Talk Saves Lives: Seniors
Approximately one in five seniors will suffer from a mental health condition. Feelings of hopelessness and thoughts of suicide are not a normal part of aging. Well-being tends to increase as we age, but growing older also presents new challenges: transitioning into retirement, losing friends and family, and facing health conditions like diabetes and heart disease. These stressors can trigger the onset of a mental health condition, even if you’ve never suffered from