Community Helpers Program

The Community Helpers Program supports our community's "natural helpers," those good listeners to whom we turn when we experience challenges. These "natural helpers" are offered training to strengthen their support skills, opportunities to learn more about mental health concerns, and gain knowledge of Cochrane's professional helpers for times when referrals are appropriate.

For more information or to register for anything listed here, email Sharon MacDonald or call 403-851-2250.
 

Courses and training programs


Community Helpers training


Strengthen your listening and self-care skills, while learning how to recognize the signs that someone needs help, how to open a difficult conversation, and how to link those you support with Cochrane's professional helpers. We focus on ways to support those experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and self-harm behaviours. This workshop is FREE of charge, with materials and snacks provided.

Dates
 Time Location
Thursday & Friday, Sept 15-16 9am-4:30pm Cochrane FCSS
Wednesdays, Oct 12 & 19 9am-4:30pm Bragg Creek Snowbirds Chalet
Thursday & Friday, Nov 24-25 9am-4:30pm Cochrane FCSS


Mental Health First Aid for Adults who Interact with Youth


Learn how to help youth experiencing substance use, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, eating disorders and deliberate self-injury.  This workshop is being offered for a small registration fee of $20 at Cochrane FCSS, with priority given to trained Community Helpers. Materials and snacks are provided.

Dates
 Time Location
Thursday & Friday, October 27-28 8:30am-4:30pm Cochrane FCSS


Community Helpers Coffees


Meet other Community Helpers and support one another in your helping role. Often a professional helper will join us to share the services they offer, while giving us tips for how to offer meaningful support. Come enjoy and coffee or tea and a visit!

Date
 Time Location
Thursday, September 8 9-11am Gentry Espresso Bar (by Cochrane Safeway)
Wednesday, October 26 9-11am Gentry Espresso Bar (by Cochrane Safeway)
Wednesday, November 2 9:30-11:30am Creekers Bistro (20 White Ave, Bragg Creek)
Wednesday, November 9 9-11am Gentry Espresso Bar (by Cochrane Safeway)
Wednesday, December 7 9-11am Gentry Espresso Bar (by Cochrane Safeway)
Wednesday, December 14 9:30-11:30am Creekers Bistro (20 White Ave, Bragg Creek)