In an era of increasing anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges, join JFS for these empowering trainings that build familiarity and skills to support young people and adults in your community. These nationally recognized courses are designed to give participants the skills and confidence to help someone who is struggling with common mental health concerns in addition to mental health crises.
This two-hour workshop is intended for high school students and adults who support them. Participants will learn about mental health issues affecting teens and young adults, how to link students to mental health support as well as crisis and non-crisis resources. Participants will also learn about self-care, and how to further improve their mental health knowledge.
This introductory training teaches the warning signs and risk factors for suicide and how we can help prevent this leading cause of death. Participants will learn national and state suicide statistics, the causes of and risk factors for suicide, information about effective prevention, how to offer help and identify people at risk.
Open to all ages.
National Website: Talk Saves Lives
This eight-hour training teaches attendees how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Through role-playing and simulations, participants will learn to recognize and respond to the warning signs of specific illnesses — such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and substance use disorder. Instruction on how to respond to an opioid overdose is also included.
The course may be one or two days in length and is open to anyone age 18 years of age or older.
National Website: Mental Health First Aid training
Designed with colleges and universities in mind, this eight-hour training teaches participants to recognize the symptoms of emerging mental illnesses and to help young adults in mental health crises. Participants will learn about the impact of campus culture on mental health and specific stress and risk factors for students.
The course may be one or two days in length and is open to anyone age 18 or older who regularly interacts with youth on or off campus.
National Website: Higher Education Mental Health First Aid training
This eight-hour training gives attendees the skills to provide initial support to adolescents (ages 12-18) who may be developing mental health or substance challenges, or who are in crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development and teaches a five-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.
The course may be one or two days in length and is open to anyone age 18 years of age or older who regularly interacts with youth.
National Website: Youth Mental Health Training
In this training, participants will learn the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe) to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, engaging someone, and connecting them to an intervention resource for further support.
This four-hour course is open to anyone 15 years or older.
National Website: safeTALK
ASIST is recognized as the world’s leading suicide intervention workshop. Participants learn to identify when someone may be at risk of suicide and to work with them to create a plan that supports their immediate safety.
This course is open to anyone age 16 or older.
National Website: ASIST
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