If you found yourself with a friend, neighbor, co-worker, or student in the middle of a mental health or emotional crisis, would you know how to help? Do you coach young people, assist the elderly, or work with the public? What do you do after asking “Are you okay?”
With the help of skilled, qualified trainers, you can become part of a growing community of people who are getting trained to become a first aid responder to an individual having an anxiety attack, suicidal thoughts, or showing signs of depression.
Anyone 18 years and older can receive training. Courses are free and available in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties.
Adult Mental Health First Aid
Learn how to help adults who are experiencing mental health or addictions challenges. This course introduces you to common mental health issues, including anxiety, depression and addictions. We'll also help you to better understand common misconceptions about psychosis.
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).
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. 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.
CALM (Counseling on Access to Lethal Means)
Learn strategies to help clients at risk of suicide and their families reduce access to lethal means, particularly (but not exclusively) firearms. This training is also available for free online.
Register for a Class
Mandy Kubisch, Prevention Coordinator