Offered in partnership with Alberta Health Services, the Community Helpers training follows a peer support model, and understands that every school-community has natural helpers willing to support their peers in times of need. Through this training youth are able to build mental health equity in their school or community by understanding common mental health language, identifying levels of concern, connecting to resources, and utilizing appropriate self-care techniques. (Typically 8 hours of training, delivered to individual classes or nominated students, inside or outside of class time.)
How do I become a Community Helper?
The Community Helpers program is based on a peer support model where individuals are nominated or selected to become a community helper by their peers. Anonymous surveys are provided to students, adults, or individuals to identify people within the school, workplace, or community who already demonstrate a natural ability to help.
What should I expect from training?
Community Helpers learn the Helping Skill. The Helping Skill is a tool that supports an individual’s natural helping ability. Opportunity to engage with the Helping Skill is found in topics such as: knowing when to help a friend, limits as a helper, mental illness, suicide prevention, healthy relationships, and identifying appropriate resources. The training engages participants in scenarios within these topics to build confidence in their ability to help others. At the end of training participants will be able to build mental health equity in the school and community by understanding common mental health language, identifying levels of concern and resolve conflict through the Helping Skill, connecting to helping resources and professionals, and practicing appropriate self-care.
How long does the training take?
Junior high training is three sessions three hours in length. We recommend either three morning sessions or three afternoon sessions. Total training time is nine hours.
High school training has five sessions two hours in length. However, if the high school can accommodate longer training times, the training can become two sessions five hours in length. Total training time is ten hours.
For adult groups the training can take a full day. Depending on the specific modules requested the training could take between eight to ten hours.
For Junior or Senior High Schools: We recommend a school Guidance Counselor or specified teacher to act as the leading liaison for each school’s Community Helpers. Surveys to identify Community Helpers will be given prior to training and must be administered by the identified liaison of the school. Once the surveys are complete, the school will be able to identify which students were nominated for the training. All presentations require the use of a computer and LCD projector.
For Adult Groups or Professional Organizations: We recommend one contact person to act as the leading liaison for the training. Surveys to identify Community Helpers will be given prior to training and must be administered by the leading liaison. Alternatively, the group may be a self-selected group interested in the training and therefore, will not need the surveys distributed. All presentations require the use of a computer and LCD projector.
For more information on the Community Helpers training or to book, please email [email protected]