Community Education and Training

We offer a wide range of educational workshops. All workshops are interactive, incorporate evidence-based practices, and are delivered by qualified facilitators.

To learn more about upcoming community courses email us at [email protected]

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training is a two-day workshop that provides participants the ability to provide life-assisting suicide first-aid intervention.  During the two-day interactive workshop participants learn to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide using the Pathway for Assisting Life (PAL) model.

Participants have the option of joining an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop presented at CMHA-Vernon, or you can bring an ASIST workshop to your organization (minimum of 10 participants).  ASIST must be 2 consecutive dates due to the nature of the content.

The course is delivered in person. A minimum of 10 participants and a maximum of 25 is required to organize a course. If you require a workshop for more than 25 participants another instructor can be arranged for additional costs.

Cost: For organizations arranging ASIST for staff the cost is $3,000 + $45.00 for materials per person.  Subsidized group rate (subsidized rate for those working in non-profit and Indigenous peoples) is $2,000 + $45.00 for materials per person.  Individual rates are also available.

**COVID-19 Update—ASIST workshops are currently unavailable, please email [email protected] to be placed on a list to be notified when they become available. **

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid shares the same overall purpose as traditional first aid—to save lives.  Created by the Mental Health Commission of Canada and delivered by experienced, professional, and engaging facilitators, this 2-day workshop includes:

  • Explanations of mental health, mental illness, and mental health problems
  • Signs and symptoms of common mental health problems and crisis situations
  • Information about effective interventions and treatments
  • Ways to access professional help.

Participants have the option of joining a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) workshop presented at CMHA-Vernon, or you can bring a MHFA workshop to your organization (minimum of 8 participants).  Organizations can choose to run MHFA on 2 consecutive dates, 2 non-consecutive dates or 4 non-consecutive dates within a one-month period.

The course is delivered in person. A minimum of 8 participants and a maximum of 25 is required to organize a course. If you require a workshop for more than 25 participants another instructor can be arranged for additional costs.

Cost: For organizations arranging MHFA for staff the cost is $3,000 +$35.00 for materials per person.  Subsidized group rate subsidized rate for those working in non-profit and Indigenous peoples) is $2,000 + $35.00 for materials per person. Individual rates are also available

**COVID-19 Update—MHFA workshops are currently unavailable, please email [email protected] to be placed on a list to be notified when they become available. **

safeTALK

safeTALK is a 4-hour training that prepares participants to become suicide-alert helpers.  Participants learn how to apply the TALK (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe) steps to connect a person with thoughts of suicide to a suicide first-aid intervention caregiver.

The course is delivered in person. A minimum of 10 participants and a maximum of 25 is required to organize a course. If you require a workshop for more than 25 participants another instructor can be arranged for additional costs.

Cost: $400.00 + $10.00 for materials per person for group rate.  The subsidized group rate is $250.00 + $10.00 for materials per person (subsidized rate for those working in non-profit and Indigenous peoples).

**COVID-19 Update—safeTALK workshops are currently unavailable, please email [email protected] to be placed on a list to be notified when they become available. **

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Lunch and Learns

Designed to fit into your staff meeting or lunch break, these are 1-hour workshops to help your employees gain a basic understanding of Mental Health.

Choose from one of the following topics:

  • Approaching Anxiety
  • Building Resilience
  • Burnout Prevention
  • Communication in the Workplace
  • Dealing with Crisis
  • Less Stress at Work
  • Mentally Healthy Workplaces
  • Understanding Depression

The course is delivered via live video conferencing or in person.  In person: up to 30 participants and Virtual: up to 20 participants

Cost: $250 per topic

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