Get Trained to Help
People who live and work in Washington, Clackamas and Multnomah counties can learn what to do when someone near them is in an emotional or mental crisis at free upcoming classes. The three counties have joined together to launch a user-friendly website where people can learn about and register for mental health first aid trainings across the tri-county region.
www.GetTrainedToHelp.com is a regional resource to help caring citizens learn about and register for trainings. A variety of classes are available that address situations people may encounter during their everyday lives. Three of the trainings are available in Spanish. The courses are open to anyone 18 or older, regardless of experience level. The content has been tested, proven and tailored to meet a broad range of unique perspectives. Read the full press release for more details about the project.
A quick overview of classes offered on the website:
QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)
This course is for you if you have limited knowledge about mental health and would like to learn general information about how to identify and help someone who may be at risk for suicide. This 1-2 hour program teaches the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond by following three simple steps.
ASIST stands for Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training. It is a two-day workshop for community members who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. This training teaches people how to recognize anyone who may be at potential suicide risk, intervene with them and refer them to professional help.
Adult Mental Health First Aid
Adult Mental Health First Aid teaches a five-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social or self-help care. Anyone over 18 can take the eight-hour Mental Health First Aid course — first responders, teachers, leaders of faith communities, human resources professionals and caring citizens.
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches a five-step action plan to offer initial help to young people showing signs of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self help care. Anyone over 18 can take the eight-hour Youth Mental Health First Aid course, but it is ideally designed for adults who work with young people ages 12-18 — teachers, coaches, leaders of faith communities, social workers and other caring citizens.
The following courses are also available (but not through the Get Trained to Help website):
RESPONSE: A Comprehensive High School-Based Suicide Prevention Program
RESPONSE is a comprehensive high school-based program that increases awareness about suicide among high school staff, students and parents. All of the program components are designed to heighten sensitivity to depression and suicidal ideation, as well as offer response procedures to refer a student at risk for suicide. This program has been implemented in a number of school districts in Washington County. For more information, contact Meghan Crane at 503-846-4748.
Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM)
CALM is an online course designed for people with training and experience in mental health counseling. It explains why means restriction is an important part of a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention and teaches how to ask suicidal patients/clients about their access to lethal means and work with them and their families to reduce their access.