Canadian Mental Health Association Durham offers a number of educational and training programs and services.
Mental Health First Aid for Adults and Youth
Developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Mental Health First Aid sets out to provide individuals with the necessary skills as a first responder to someone experiencing a mental health crisis. This course also aims to give education on more common mental health diagnoses and provide information on local community resources. Canadian Mental Health Association Durham has certified staff trained in both the adult and youth versions of this course.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
ASIST is widely recognized for its hands-on approach to suicide intervention. This program has helped thousands of people gain the confidence and skills to effectively help someone who is having thoughts of suicide. Since 2003, several hundred people have been trained by Canadian Mental Health Association Durham in suicide intervention, making this flagship program one of more established training in the organization.
Mental Health Works (MHW)
Mental Health Works is a suite of workshops aimed at building capacity within Canadian workplaces to effectively address mental health in the workplace. Mental Health Works is based on three key themes: awareness of mental health in the workplace; responding using practical skills in a situation involving mental health problems; and collaborating skills to build a mentally healthy workplace. In February 2015, Canadian Mental Health Association Durham partnered with CMHA Ontario to become officially trained to deliver Mental Health Works, joining a team of trainers from across Canada.
Suicide Awareness for Everyone (safeTALK) is a three-hour workshop that addresses warning signs indicating risk of suicide. The workshop emphasizes the importance of recognizing the signs, communicating with the person at risk and getting help or resources for the person at risk.
Living Life to the Full
Living Life to the Full is an interactive and engaging evidence-based mental health promotion initiative developed by Dr. Chris Williams. It is designed to help people deal with everyday life challenges. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy concepts and techniques are at the core of the eight-session, 12-hour life-skills-based course for adults. Initial research indicates positive benefits, including a decrease in depression and anxiety scores and increase in coping skills.
Family Education Night
Each month, Canadian Mental Health Association Durham in partnership with Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences and Durham Mental Health Services offers a Drop-In Family Education Night. These information sessions provide an opportunity for families to learn more about the resources available for loved ones with mental health concerns.