The Montgomery County Office of Mental/Behavioral Health sponsors several initiatives to improve awareness of mental health challenges in the community. For trainings coordinated by the Montgomery County Training Institute, please click here: https://montco.quickbase.com/db/bkqw8eycz
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
MHFA is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health challenges, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports. This 8-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. All trainees also receive a list of community healthcare providers and national resources, support groups, and online tools for mental health and addictions treatment and support.
Different versions of the MHFA program are available, including those specifically for youth, adults, college/higher education, and seniors.
To enroll in an upcoming course, go to www.fivecountymh.org and look for “Upcoming Trainings” under the Mental Health First Aid tab; or call (610) 313-0968.
Question, Pursuade, Refer (QPR)
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer- 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. The Gatekeeper Training can be delivered in as little as one hour, and attendees leave prepared to recognize the warning signs of suicide, knowing how to offer hope, and how to get help and save a life. People who can be trained as Gatekeepers include: parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, office supervisors, squad leaders, foremen, police officers, advisors, caseworkers, firefighters, and many others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.
The Montgomery County Suicide Prevention Taskforce has QPR trainers available. Please contact (610) 278-3642 for more information.