Community Education

Overview

Community Education

Learn about and get certified in Mental Health First Aid, which helps you identify and respond to mental health crises; take a Parent Project course to learn parenting skills and get information about resources and support available in your communities; or become a Health Ambassador and help other members of your community who may be experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or a substance use problem.

FREE community education courses for the public are made possible by the voter-approved Mental Health Service Act (Prop 63).

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Health Ambassador Program

As a community member with knowledge and experience, you can make a difference in the lives of families, friends, neighbors, and other members in your community who may be experiencing symptoms of a mental illness and/or a substance use problem. Health Ambassadors are individuals who are committed to helping to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals in their community and complete the Health Ambassador Program.

Health Ambassador Opportunities:

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The Parent Project ®

The Parent Project® is a free, 12-week course that is offered in English and Spanish to anyone who cares for a child or adolescent. The classes meet for three hours each week. Parents learn parenting skills and get information about resources and other support available in their communities. Parents/caregivers learn and practice skills such as:

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Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid

The new Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) course is an 8-hour public education training program designed for any adult working with or assisting young people, ages 12-24. The course focuses on how to help a young person who may be experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis. Participants are introduced to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents and learn the importance of early intervention as well as how to help a youth in a crisis or non-crisis situation who is experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge.