Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Mental Health Awareness and Training - FREE

This is a Sponsored Post.  
FREE Youth Mental Health First Aid & QPR Suicide Prevention Courses sponsored by SD County & Optum 

Kick off Mental Health Awareness Month by learning how you can help prevent suicide and support a young person in crisis 
Seems like every day you hear about another suicide.  Maybe they can be prevented and maybe you can do something about it and help someone you love. 

FREE Youth Mental Health First Aid & QPR Suicide Prevention Courses 

San Diego County Suicide Prevention Council and Optum San Diego are offering free QPR Suicide Prevention training and Youth Mental Health First Aid courses. The training is available at no cost, but space is limited and registration is required.

QPR Suicide Prevention Training (1 Hour) 

Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR): three simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans attend QPR to learn how they can help save the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. 

Date/Time: Thursday, April 30th at 10 a.m. / 12 p.m. / 5 p.m Cost: No Charge 

Location: Malcolm X Library | 5148 Market Street | San Diego, CA 92114

Details and Registration: Contact Lora Cayanan at or (858) 609-7971

Youth Mental Health First Aid (8 Hours) 

This course is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12 to 18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. 

Date/Time: Friday, May 1st from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.Cost: No Charge 

Location: NAMI San Diego | 5095 Murphy Canyon Road, Suite 320 | San Diego, CA 92123

Details and Registration: Contact Optum San Diego at or (619) 641-6355

Visit for more information. 

Please take advantage of these free trainings if you can. 

As always, I wish you Happy Feet,
SD Mom


  1. It's so nice that these free courses are out there so people can get the training and help that they need.

    1. Thank you! Yes, it is so great that they do this for the community!

  2. I actually really liked how in the youth first aid section, there's so many people like teachers, family members, and caregivers who all can learn how to preform first aid on an adolescent child who needs some immediate care. At my job, I supervise a team of members, but I'm thinking of taking one of these courses to be able to help my team as well if there's any first aid problems. How hard is it to become certified though?