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, visit or call 403-851-2250. 
Note registration opens May 1, 2019.

Courses and training programs

Inner Leadership: Mindful Practices for Being Centered and Present

The more present and available you can be for yourself, the greater service you can be to others. Dr. David Lertzman combines leadership, wellness and self-development with mindfulness meditation and QiGong practices, which help us to be fully present for others in challenging circumstances. Snacks, lunch and materials included.

Dates TimeLocationFee
Thu, Part 1: May 910am-3pmHomeStead Apartment Bldg$30
Thu, Part 2: Jun 7
(prerequisite: Part 1)
10am-3pmHomeStead Apartment Bldg$30

Mental Health First Aid

Learn crisis first aid skills to interact with adults who experience substance-related disorders, mood-related disorders, anxiety and trauma-related disorders and psychotic disorders. Registration fee subsidized by Town of Cochrane Community Helpers initiative. Priority spaces for trained Community Helpers. Includes materials, lunch and refreshments.

DayDates TimeLocationFee
Thu-FriMay 30-319am-4:30pmHomeStead Apartment Bldg$50

Community Helpers Training - one day only!

Are you a great listener? Do people turn to you for help? Community Helpers teaches skills for supporting others, including those struggling with addictions, self-harm and suicidal thoughts. Participants learn self-care skills and how to make referrals to our community’s professional resources in this free course. Includes materials, lunch and refreshments.

Dates TimeLocationFee
Fri, May 249am-4:30pmHomeStead Apartment Bldg.Free