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

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: to be determined, please email connect@stonyplain.com if you are interested in joining a list to be notified when the training becomes available.

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 to 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. 

Date: to be determined, please email connect@stonyplain.com if you are interested in joining a list to be notified when the training becomes available.

Mental Health First Aid for Older Adults

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

Date: January 18 to 19, 2024
Time: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: Forest Green Plaza, #107-4613 52 Avenue, Stony Plain. 
Cost: This training is being provided at no cost

To register please email connect@stonyplain.com or call 780-963-8583.



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.


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)
Trauma Informed De-Escalation Strategies 

This comprehensive full-day training is thoughtfully crafted to empower participants with essential skills in trauma-informed de-escalation strategies. Extensive research underscores the pervasive presence of trauma in the public, a factor likely to influence interactions with individuals experiencing escalation. TIDeS™ not only acknowledges the trauma experienced by the escalated individual but also extends its consideration to those providing support. Participants are invited to engage in assessing their attitudes, boundaries, communication styles, and debriefing strategies with a trauma-informed lens. This training will also focus on prevention and fostering enduring reductions in crisis situations. Tailored for all corners of our community, this training embodies a universal trauma-informed approach to de-escalation

This workshop is facilitated by Imagine Institute and is in partnership with the City of Spruce Grove and Parkland County.

Date: Friday, March 15, 2024
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Ages: 18+
Cost: $50 (lunch included)
Location: Cantiro Wellness Centre (#1, 344 Pioneer Road, Spruce Grove, AB)
Register here