Mental Health Capacity Building @ CFN

CFN staff recently completed The Community Helpers Training Program facilitated by the Canadian Mental Health Association. The program aims to strengthen people’s helping skills with more formal training and increase their knowledge of community resources. Topics such as ethics of helping, limits of a helper, stress/self-care, healthy relationships, mental health, drugs and alcohol, and suicide awareness were all covered.  The training follows best practice standards and uses a variety of engagement styles such as art, group work, digital videos, mini-lectures and role plays.

The best part of Community Helpers is that there is no cost to implement the program within your school, workplace, or community. The full program is 8-10 hours in length.

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – Calgary Region is part of Canada’s most established national mental health organizations, the Canadian Mental Health Association. CMHA facilitates access to resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience and support recovery from mental illness and addiction.

CMHA – Calgary Region builds awareness and provides education, advocacy and support for individuals and families living with mental illness, addiction, or a loss by suicide. We provide community-based support programs, including supportive and independent living, homeless outreach, aboriginal outreach, suicide bereavement support and peer support programs for families and individuals. We work closely with other community organizations to bridge gaps in the mental health care system and facilitate access to important services and resources. For more information on Community Helpers visit their website.