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.
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.
Thursday & Friday, Sept 15-16
Wednesdays, Oct 12 & 19
Bragg Creek Snowbirds Chalet
Thursday & Friday, Nov 24-25
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.
Thursday & Friday, October 27-28
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!