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, lunch and snacks provided. 
Dates
 Time Location
Fridays, Jan 20 & 27 9am-4:30pm Cochrane FCSS
Monday & Tuesday, April 10-11 9am-4:30pm Cochrane FCSS
  


Mental Health First Aid for Adults


Learn how to help  experiencing substance use, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and psychotic disorders. Registration fee of $25, payable online or at Cochrane FCSS. Priority given to trained Community Helpers. Materials, lunch and snacks provided.
Dates
 Time Location
Tuesday & Wednesday, March 28-29 9:00am-4:30pm Cochrane FCSS
Tuesday & Wednesday, May 30-31 9:00am-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. Registration fee of $25, payable online or at Cochrane FCSS. Priority given to trained Community Helpers. Materials, lunch and snacks provided.
Dates
 Time Location
Tuesday & Wednesday, April 25-26 8:30am-4:30pm Cochrane FCSS
     


ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

 
Learn to recognize and assess suicide risk, practice suicide intervention skills and identify local resources to help in an intervention. Registration fee of $75, payable online or at Cochrane FCSS. Priority given to trained Community Helpers. Materials and snacks provided.

 Time Location
Thursday & Friday, March 2-3 9:00am-5:00pm St. Peter's Lutheran Church
     


Community Helpers Continuing Education Opportunities

 
FREE! Just for trained Community Helpers! If you are a trained Community Helper, join us for coffee and opportunities to learn from one another and from our community's professional helpers. Please RSVP by email to Sharon.MacDonald@cochrane.ca
Date
Topic Location
Wednesday, Jan 18, 1-3pm Supporting Those with Substance Addictions Cochrane FCSS
Wednesday, Feb 1, 1-3pm Supporting Those with Schizophrenia Cochrane FCSS
Wednesday, Mar 15, 1-3pm Supporting Those with Codependency-Related Challenges Cochrane FCSS
Wednesday, Apr 5, 1-3pm Supporting Those with Bipolar Disorder Cochrane FCSS
Wednesday, May 3, 1-3pm Supporting Those with Trauma-Related Challenges Cochrane FCSS
Wednesday, June 7, 1-3pm TBA Cochrane FCSS


Community Helpers Coffees

 
Meet other Community Helpers and support one another in your helping role. Coffee is on Sharon! Please RSVP by email to Sharon.MacDonald@cochrane.ca
Date
Time Location
Wednesday, Jan 25 9:30-11am Bragg Creek's Creekers Bistro (20 White Ave.)
Thursday, Feb 9 9-11am Cochrane's Gentry Espresso Bar (by Safeway)
Wednesday, May 17 9:30-11am Bragg Creek's Creekers Bistro (20 White Ave.)