A well-informed community is a healthy community. Learn about mental health and tools to help yourself and others prevent challenges like depression or anxiety from becoming a more serious illness. Multnomah County’s Mental Health and Addiction Services Division (MHASD) offers a variety of classes where you can learn early warning signs of illness and how to access all the resources available. Get educated for yourself, your family and your community. You’ll find that a little prevention goes a long way towards a healthy, powerful life.

We offer a variety of activities. See which one is right for you and then check out the calendar for dates and to register.

The Adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone 18 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions. You will also learn what resources are available in our area.

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. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

QPR© or Question, Persuade, Refer©:  QPR is ideal for all community members, including clergy, church personnel and other leaders in the faith community, paraprofessionals, family members or anyone who would like to know more about how to identify a person at risk of suicide and how to help. QPR provides participants with basic skills around knowing how and when to ask if someone is thinking about suicide and what to do next in terms of assistance.  Trainings have been provided to churches, mentors, senior services staff, health workers and graduate students.

ASIST Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training© or ASIST© : ASIST is an intensive suicide intervention skills training ideal for people working in the fields of child welfare, community justice, domestic violence, healthcare, and other sectors of the social service system. ASIST offers in-depth training on how to assess an individual’s risk for suicide or self-harm and effectively develop a safety plan.  

Go to Get Trained to view the calendar and register for a class in the tri-county area.

Contact Amanda Kubisch at 503-988-2282 for more information about prevention activities.