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Mental Health Awareness Workshops 

Mental Health First Aid Workshops

Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This eight-hour training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to appropriate care.

The eight-hour training can be done in one day or two four-hour sessions.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This eight-hour training gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to adolescents (ages 12-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

Mental Health Awareness Training

2.5 hour training

Mental Health Awareness Training helps participants identify signs and symptoms of mental illness, reduce stigma, understand recovery and treatment, and how to help during a mental health crisis. A certificate of completion is provided to all participants. Learning objectives include:

  • What is mental health?
  • How does stigma affect people?
  • Who do you call in a mental health emergency?
  • Where can you go for treatment?

Risking Connection in Faith Communities Workshops

A two-day workshop developed by the Sidran Institute to equip faith leaders (clergy and lay) to build trauma-responsive congregations. This is an interfaith approach that draws from multiple religious traditions. See more details.

Companionship Training Workshops

A three-hour course that provides an effective approach to the practice of mental health ministry through which any caring human being can reach out and help another who is distress.

Talk Saves Lives a 1.5 hour presentation/facilitated conversation

Talk Saves Lives:  An Introduction to Suicide Prevention. A community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide.  Attendees will learn the risk and warning signs of suicide, and how together, we can help prevent it.

Bridges of Hope (NAMI)

Bridges of Hope is a 90 minute-training to congregations of all faiths, focused on recognizing and responding to the mental health needs of congregations.

The training includes:

  • The red flags or warning signs that someone needs help,
  • What to do when someone exhibits the warning signs of a mental illness,
  • What congregations can do,
  • The role of NAMI Chicago in connecting you to resources for individuals and families.

A joint project of Advocate Health Care & the OCEAN-HP at the University of Illinois at Chicago.