Community Helpers: a free staff and student training program

Open to all U of A staff and students, the Community Helpers program provides practical skills that you can use in your day-to-day life. The goal is to build on your natural helping ability by providing you with the skills and knowledge necessary to support your peers’ mental health and well-being.

The Community Helpers Program:

  • Bridges “formal” and “informal” support for young people 
  • Focuses on prevention and early identification for young people who may be at risk 
  • Participants receive extensive training where they are offered resources, training, linkages and support 
  • Provides a model for community capacity building related to the issue of youth mental health promotion 
  • Reduces stigma by increasing community awareness 
  • Expands knowledge on mental health issues 
  • Improves interventions for those who may be at risk of suicide

Upcoming Training for U of A Students & Staff:

Student Training: 

This training is suited for all undergraduate and graduate students (as well as recent alumni) including those in student leadership positions and those who hold student staff positions on campus. The online registration link will be made available on the corresponding date listed. Training sessions will be held on North Campus unless otherwise listed.

Session Dates and Times 2017

Online registration opens

May 9, 2017
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
May 10, 2017
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
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Staff Training:

This training is suited for all staff, including university administrators, support staff, teaching faculty, and graduate teaching assistants. The online registration link will be made available on the corresponding date below. Training sessions will be held on North Campus unless otherwise listed. 

Session Dates and Times 2017

Online registration opens

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