What would you do if a neighbor, co-worker or friend began showing signs of emotional distress? Learn tools to help prevent challenges like depression or anxiety from becoming a more serious illness. Skilled trainers will also teach you the warning signs of suicide and how to safely respond.
Anyone 18 years and older can train to become a mental health first responder. Courses are free and available in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties.
Adult Mental Health First Aid
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. Covers anxiety, depression, psychosis and addictions.
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Learn how to help youth (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Similar to adult mental health first aid, but aimed at adults who work with youth (parents and family, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers).
The course introduces common mental health challenges, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for helping young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.
Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)©
Teaches community members how to identify a person at risk of suicide and how to help. Learn to recognize early warning signs of suicide and a 3-step action plan for what to do next. Available in English and Spanish. This free, 2-hour training is available by request at your business, organization or place of worship.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)©
An intensive suicide intervention skills training for people working in child welfare, community justice, domestic violence, healthcare, and other sectors of the social service system. This in-depth training teaches how to assess an individual’s risk for suicide or self-harm and develop an effective safety plan.
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Amanda Kubisch, Prevention Coordinator