Mental Health Training
For Yourself, Your Workplace, Your Community
Do you feel passionately about mental health education?
If so, becoming a mental health trainer might be right for you.
We always need reliable mental health educators in our community and if this interests you, we’d love to get you on your way to becoming a trainer.
Having the tools to identify when someone is in a crisis and knowing how to respond can truly save lives. Providing mental health education to our community also provides an opportunity to reduce stigma by presenting the facts about mental health, debunking common myths around mental health and discussing the topic of mental health in an open, honest, judgment-free way.
That’s why an important part of Building Hope’s work is to provide educational around mental illness, and empower residents of Summit County with the tools to respond to mental health illness with compassion, knowledge and the proper resources. You don’t need to be a mental health professional to help someone in crisis and our trainings provide you with all the information you need to know to help someone who is struggling.
Trainings We Facilitate
Suicide Prevention and Mental Health First Aid Training
Building Hope facilitates two evidence-based mental health trainings that are registered by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).
- QUESTION, PERSUADE, REFER (QPR) – one hour suicide prevention training
- MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID (MHFA) – eight hour training around major general mental illness, response to crisis and stigma reduction
Trainings for the Community and the Workplace
We offer two different types of trainings – community trainings and workplace trainings
- COMMUNITY TRAININGS – Building Hope offers a mental health training once a quarter that is open to the entire community. If you do not see any upcoming mental health training dates on the calendar of events, please see our training schedule.
- WORKPLACE AND EMPLOYER TRAININGS: Building Hope also offers trainings to businesses and workplaces. If you are interested in bringing one of these trainings into your workplace, please contact Building Hope.
Want more detailed information about QPR and MHFA?
QUESTION PERSUADE REFER (QPR)
The 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.
Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. You do not need to be a mental health professional to save a life. You can help, and this training will teach you how. QPR can be learned in our Gatekeeper course in as little as one hour.
As a QPR-trained Gatekeeper you will learn to:
- Recognize the warning signs of suicide
- Know how to offer hope
- Know how to get help and save a life
PRO: QPR training lasts an hour and is easy for employers to implement.
CON: QPR is a very basic training specific to crisis situations. Time constraints do not allow for interactive training scenarios.
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID (MHFA)
Mental Health First Aid is an international evidence-based training program that teaches individuals to identify, understand and respond to those in mental health and substance abuse crises.
MHFA encompasses two curricula: a core program tailored for adults called Adult Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid, a training program for adults that work with youth.
Each are available as interactive 8-hours courses and can be conducted as a one-day seminar or across multiple days to accommodate tight schedules.
Here’s what you can expect to learn at the training:
- What are common mental health disorders? What do they look and feel like?
- Typical vs. Atypical youth development (Youth MHFA)
- Signs and symptoms of mental health and substance abuse emergencies
- A five-step action plan to connect people in crisis to support systems
- Myth busting and fact sharing about mental health and emotional challenges
- Non-judgmental communication and listening skills
- Local, state, and national behavioral health resources
- The aims of Mental Health First Aid are to:
- Reduce stigma
- Create a common language around mental health
- Preserve life when a person may be a danger to self or others
- Help others identify, prevent or intervene early when mental health challenges occur
- Promote and enhance recovery
PRO: Mental Health First Aid is the most informative and comprehensive training around all aspects of mental health. It provides an introduction and general knowledge base for many mental health issues, including but not limited to: anxiety, depression, mood disorders, substance misuse and abuse. In addition to general information about common mental health disorders, the training provides a five-step action plan for crisis situations. Attendees participate in activities to practice and rehearse the evidence-based Crisis Response. Attendees utilize role play to garner skills and confidence to employ techniques comfortably and effectively. Employers can break up training (1 eight hour session; 2 four hour sessions; 4 two hour sessions).
CON: Possibly difficult for employers to implement because of length of training.
If you would like more information about Mental Health First Aid, please visit: mhfaco.org
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BUILDING HOPE CANNOT SUPPORT CRISIS CALLS. IF YOU ARE IN CRISIS, PLEASE CALL 911 OR COLORADO CRISIS SERVICES AT 844-493-8255 OR Text “TALK” to 38255, OR GO TO YOUR NEAREST EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT FOR ASSISTANCE.
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