We offer community training to increase the capacity of our residents to support their own mental health and that of those they are in direct contact with. There are also specialized workshops that can be found throughout the year on special topics.

Check the community calendar for upcoming activities. 

Community Helpers Program - AHS

In every community there are people whom others naturally turn to for support. They are from all walks of life and are considered by others to be helpers. Helpers possess characteristics like empathy, care, and compassion. The Community Helpers Program identifies these helpers and offers training to strengthen their natural abilities. Helpers learn a variety of topics and skills including effective communication, self-care, coping with stress, knowing when to refer people to professional services, handling crisis situations, and suicide awareness.

In addition to developing skills and increasing knowledge, Helpers are introduced to community services and professional support. This connection bridges informal and formal support in the community, enabling helpers to refer peers and family to expert support when needed.

Ages 12+ (program modifies the age group) 

FREE  Email us for the next course date

Mental Health First Aid
Basic 

Mental Health First Aid is offered to someone with an emerging mental health problem or in a mental health crisis until appropriate treatment is found or the situation is resolved.

Format: Two-day interactive course which includes 12 hours of training.

Date: Spring/summer offerings

Cost: $150/participant

Mental Health First Aid Youth

(Alternate year to Mental Health First Aid Senior) Program runs in the fall.

MHFA Adults who Interact with Youth is intended for an adult audience whose primary focus is youth (ages 14 - 25). In addition to the four most common disorders discussed in MHFA BASIC, this course includes instruction about eating disorders and deliberate self-injury.

Participants who take this course are well prepared to interact confidently about mental health with the young people in their lives, including at schools, extra-curricular activities, social services, family, friends, and communities. 

Format: Two-day interactive including 14 hours of training. 

Cost: $150/participant + tax

Mental Health First Aid for Older Adults

(Alternate year to Mental Health First Aid Youth) Program runs in the fall.

MHFA Seniors is an adaptation of the MHFA Basic course that is intended to increase the capacity of seniors, families (informal caregivers), friends, staff in care settings and communities to promote mental health in seniors, prevent mental illness and suicide wherever possible in seniors and intervene early when problems first emerge.

Format: Two-day interactive session including 14 hours of training

Cost: $150/participant + tax

SAFETALK

SafeTALK is for all community members. This 3.5 hour workshop alerts one to warning signs indicating risk of suicide. The workshop emphasizes the importance of recognizing the signs, communicating with the person at risk and getting help or resources for the person at risk.  

Cost: $50/person + tax 

Email for the next course date

Canadian Mental Health Association - Well-Being Course

The Well-being Course is an innovative, online learning experience designed to assist people achieve greater levels of mental health, well-being and life satisfaction and it is totally free.

It will help support you in understanding yourself better and help you make positive changes in your life. It can also connect you to valuable resources and others on the same journey that will provide you with the support you need and deserve to succeed.

Click on the link below to learn more, or register.

Register

BounceBack: A Free Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program for Mental Health 
BounceBack is a free skill-building program from the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry. Working with workbooks and a trained coach to guide you and encourage you to reflect, BounceBack® can help you build skills to improve your mental health.

Find out more at: BounceBack┬«: A Free Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Program For Mental Health (cmha.ca)
Centre for Suicide Prevention
The Centre for Suicide Prevention is offering free workshops in honour of World Suicide Prevention Day! Between September- November 2023 there are 4 workshops being offered. For more information please visit World Suicide Prevention Day 2023 - Centre for Suicide Prevention (suicideinfo.ca)