Community Cares Courses: Mental Health Response Training
What is it?FREE and EASILY ACCESSIBLE training for community members and first responders who deal regularly with mental health consumers and substance users. If you:
- Work in emergency services such as
- the RCMP
- Emergency Medical Services
- Search and Rescue
- or any part of healthcare
- own a business;
- work in a school;
- volunteer in the community;
- serve as clergy or work in faith-based services;
- work for government or community-based facilities;
- support a diagnosed family member;
- OR are active in any way in your community
This training is for you!Community Cares: Mental Health Response Training is offered over 8 separate modules. You can take them all, or just complete those you think are most relevant for you. The courses are available on-line.
Community Cares: Mental Health Response Training is designed for both laypeople and professionals. Anyone completing a module or the entire course will receive a certificate.
When?Now. On-line training is offered asynchronously, meaning that students can take the course any time of the day. They can pause and re-start or review the material. On-line courses are designed to be done alone or, better yet, as a group or pair. The on-line courses must be completed by December 31, 2014.
Why?Mental illness and substance issues are common. They are more likely to strike you or your loved ones than any single cancer and they touch the lives of almost everyone. But services for mental health consumers cannot address all of their needs. For that, we need a community. We need to look back to a time when neighbours watched out for one another, public agencies worked as partners and people helped others find the help they needed.
Understanding mental health and knowing how to support our friends, family and neighbours is much easier than most people know. Community Cares: Mental Health Response Training gives you the tools, knowledge and skills you’ll need to support mentally ill and substance-involved people at their most critical times. It will help you get a clear and honest picture of mental health and the resources offered in our community. It will demystify mental illness and reduce fear.
By helping mental health and substance-involved consumers effectively at these times, we can end the vicious cycle of crisis that too often affects their lives. We can make a positive difference that will help reduce major social concerns such as homelessness, poverty and drug abuse.
Who is offering the training?The training is being offered by the Mission Healthy Community Council, a consortium of health and social welfare agencies that is co-chaired by Fraser Health and the District of Mission.
The project’s major sponsors are Fraser House and Riverside College and it is funded by Community Action Initiative and Mission's Division of Family Practice.
RegistrationTo register and sign up for a course click here.
Need help registering or initializing? Click here for a YouTube video.