The Mental Health Resource Center provides resources, tools, and training to build the knowledge, skills, and abilities of anyone who hopes to promote mental health and wellness and effectively intervene with people experiencing mental health challenges.

Mental Health Resource Center

Training Events

Our training events (in person and virtually) are offered throughout the fiscal year. To find the next scheduled event, search below. To schedule an event, contact mhrc@prevention.org.

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid mentalhealthfirstaid.org/  
Adult, Youth, & Teen 
Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. Learn more about Adult MHFA, Youth MHFA, and Teen MHFA.

Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR)

QPR qprinstitute.com/  
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year, thousands of Americans like you are saying “Yes” to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. QPR can be learned in our Gatekeeper course in about one hour. Learn more about QPR.

safeTALK

safeTALK livingworks.net/training/livingworks-safetalk/  
LivingWorks safeTALK is a four-hour training that equips people to be more alert to someone thinking of suicide and better able to connect them with further help. Using a simple yet effective model, LivingWorks safeTALK empowers everyone to make a difference. With over 120,000 people attending each year, it’s the world’s fastest-growing suicide prevention skills training course. Learn more about safeTALK.

 

Virtual Classroom

QPR: Youth Suicide Prevention

Monday, July 22, 2024
01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Online
Description
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn, in a short timeframe, how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. 
 
Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for teens and young adults, ages 10-34 (CDC, 2023). 22% of high school students reported having seriously considered suicide and 10% attempted suicide in the past year (CDC, 2023). Join Prevention First for a virtual QPR training with a focus on preventing suicide among young people.
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Virtual Classroom

Everyone Plays a Role in Preventing Suicide: A Learning Collaborative

Wednesday, July 24, 2024
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Online
Description

Join us for five 1-hour conversations in July and August as we explore why suicide happens, who is most at risk, and strategies that individuals and organizations can use to prevent it. These sessions will be interactive; they will begin with a presentation, but there will be time dedicated to questions, discussion, applying what is learned, etc. 

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Classroom

safeTALK

Tuesday, July 30, 2024
01:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Prevention First's Chicago Office (Branch Office) - Chicago, IL
Description

LivingWorks safeTALK is a four-hour face-to-face workshop featuring powerful presentations, audiovisuals, and skills practice.

At a LivingWorks safeTALK workshop, you'll learn how to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, engaging someone, and connecting them to an intervention resource for further support.

A skilled, supportive trainer will guide you through the course, and a community resource will be on hand to support your safety and comfort.

LivingWorks safeTALK provides in-depth skills to recognize signs of suicide, engage someone, and ensure a connection to safety. The in-person format includes powerful audiovisuals and live practice.

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Virtual Classroom

Everyone Plays a Role in Preventing Suicide: A Learning Collaborative

Wednesday, July 31, 2024
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Online
Description

Join us for five 1-hour conversations in July and August as we explore why suicide happens, who is most at risk, and strategies that individuals and organizations can use to prevent it. These sessions will be interactive; they will begin with a presentation, but there will be time dedicated to questions, discussion, applying what is learned, etc. 

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Virtual Classroom

Everyone Plays a Role in Preventing Suicide: A Learning Collaborative

Wednesday, August 07, 2024
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Online
Description

Join us for five 1-hour conversations in July and August as we explore why suicide happens, who is most at risk, and strategies that individuals and organizations can use to prevent it. These sessions will be interactive; they will begin with a presentation, but there will be time dedicated to questions, discussion, applying what is learned, etc. 

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Virtual Classroom

QPR: Youth Suicide Prevention

Friday, August 09, 2024
01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Online
Description
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn, in a short timeframe, how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. 
 
Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for teens and young adults, ages 10-34 (CDC, 2023). 22% of high school students reported having seriously considered suicide and 10% attempted suicide in the past year (CDC, 2023). Join Prevention First for a virtual QPR training with a focus on preventing suicide among young people.
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Classroom

Youth Mental Health First Aid Classroom Training

Thursday, August 15 - Friday, August 16, 2024
09:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Prevention First's Chicago Office (Branch Office) - Chicago, IL
Description

During this course, you will learn how to support young people in your life and your work.

Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among adolescents ages 12-18. You will build the skills and confidence you need to reach out and provide initial support to young people who are struggling. You will also learn how to help connect them to appropriate support.

After the course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize common signs and symptoms of mental health challenges, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD).
  • Recognize common signs and symptoms of substance use challenges.
  • Understand how to interact with a young person in crisis.
  • Know how to connect a young person with help.
  • Better understand trauma, substance use, self-care, and the impact of social media and bullying.
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Virtual Classroom

Everyone Plays a Role in Preventing Suicide: A Learning Collaborative

Wednesday, August 21, 2024
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Online
Description

Join us for five 1-hour conversations in July and August as we explore why suicide happens, who is most at risk, and strategies that individuals and organizations can use to prevent it. These sessions will be interactive; they will begin with a presentation, but there will be time dedicated to questions, discussion, applying what is learned, etc. 

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Virtual Classroom

QPR: Youth Suicide Prevention

Thursday, August 22, 2024
01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Online
Description
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn, in a short timeframe, how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. 
 
Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for teens and young adults, ages 10-34 (CDC, 2023). 22% of high school students reported having seriously considered suicide and 10% attempted suicide in the past year (CDC, 2023). Join Prevention First for a virtual QPR training with a focus on preventing suicide among young people.
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Classroom

Youth Mental Health First Aid Classroom Training

Wednesday, August 28 - Thursday, August 29, 2024
09:30 AM - 03:00 PM
DoubleTree by Hilton Lisle Naperville - Lisle, IL
Description

During this course, you will learn how to support young people in your life and your work.

Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among adolescents ages 12-18. You will build the skills and confidence you need to reach out and provide initial support to young people who are struggling. You will also learn how to help connect them to appropriate support.

After the course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize common signs and symptoms of mental health challenges, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD).
  • Recognize common signs and symptoms of substance use challenges.
  • Understand how to interact with a young person in crisis.
  • Know how to connect a young person with help.
  • Better understand trauma, substance use, self-care, and the impact of social media and bullying.
Read More