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

Mental Health First Aid for Adults

Learn crisis first aid skills for interacting with adults experiencing substances-related disorders, mood-related disorders, anxiety and trauma-related disorders, and psychotic disorders.  Registration fees subsidized by Town of Cochrane Community Helpers Program.  Registration fee of $50, payable by calling or visiting Cochrane FCSS at 403-851-2250. Materials, lunch and snacks provided.

Dates TimeLocation
Thu-Fri, Sep 27-289am-4:30pmBeaupre Community Hall


Psychological First Aid after a Disaster or Emergency

Learn how to help people immediately following a crisis or trauma, providing practical support and normalizing stress reactions, while respecting recipients' dignity, culture and abilities.  Registration fee of $15, payable by calling or visiting Cochrane FCSS at 403-851-2250. Materials, lunch and snacks provided.  Minimum 12 participants.

Dates TimeLocation
Fri, Oct 199am-4pmCochrane FCSS


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. Register by calling Cochrane FCSS at 403-851-2250.

Dates TimeLocation
Thu-Fri, Oct 25-269am-4:30pmCochrane FCSS

   

Mental Health First Aid for Adults who Interact with Youth

Learn crisis first aid skills for interacting with youth 12-24 experiencing substance use, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, eating disorders and deliberate self-injury. Registration fees subsidized by Town of Cochrane Community Helpers Program.  Registration fee of $50, payable by calling or visiting Cochrane FCSS at 403-851-2250. Materials, lunch and snacks provided.

Dates TimeLocation
Thu-Fri, Nov 22-238:30am-4:30pmCochrane FCSS

 
 

Self-Care for the Caregiver

Compassion fatigue is experienced by those in the helping professions and by volunteers serving as care providers. Understand the signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue within your particular context and create a personal plan for healing and future resiliency. Snacks, lunch and materials provided. Registration fee of $30, payable by calling or visiting Cochrane FCSS at 403-851-2250.

Dates TimeLocation
Fri, Nov 309am-3pmCochrane FCSS