The CMHA Vancouver-Fraser education department is committed to improving the psychological health and safety of our community and the workplace. Through our training, we will increase mental health literacy, reduce stigma, and encourage early intervention through building skills to better recognize and respond to staff who may be struggling with a mental health problem.
Resilient Minds (RM)
Developed and managed by CMHA Vancouver-Fraser, The Resilient Minds program engages and informs first responders in three crucial areas relevant to their work: trauma, mental health problems and building resiliency. Resilient Minds is based on a 4R Action Toolkit to build skills needed to assist colleagues, family, or members of the public who may be struggling with a mental health problem or be in a crisis.
Responding with Respect (RWR)
Responding with Respect (RWR) programs provide participants with a basic understanding of mental illness and mental health, whether it is their own or that of a colleague, client, patron, community member, friend or family member. Based on the 4R Model © – Recognize, Respond, Refer, Reconnect – participants will learn to identify signs and symptoms associated with a mental health problem and will acquire effective and communication strategies to respond and assist people whose behavior suggests they are struggling with a mental health problem. The purpose of the training is to increase mental health literacy, reduce stigma, increase confidence in participants’ ability to respond, and promote mental wellness.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved. CMHA Vancouver-Fraser offers three versions of MHFA training through our certified Master Trainers.
Suicide Prevention Training (safeTALK, ASIST)
The Suicide Awareness Training Program is dedicated to promoting Suicide-Safer Community by providing Suicide prevention and intervention training to members of the community. Gatekeepers are members of the community who have been trained to help people who are at risk of suicide. They are people who hold a position of trust and responsibility in
the community, and who have regular face-to-face contact with many adults or older adults. The Suicide Awareness Training Program provides two levels of training that follow research-informed curriculum shown to be effective at increasing knowledge, skill and willingness to intervene, as well as helping to reduce the risk of suicide.