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SPECIAL NOTICE:  Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) is now available as a live, online class!

We’ve been given the opportunity to offer one of our classes live and online – Question, Persuade & Refer (QPR) – a two hour introductory suicide prevention training.   

In addition to offering essential suicide prevention training, QPR is also about listening, support and connection.   As the QPR Institute wrote in a recent paper “QPR in the Time of Pandemic...while the QPR method was developed specifically to detect and respond to people emitting suicide warning signs, QPR has evolved into a broader tool to enhance human-to-human interactions, reduce human isolation, and improve social connectedness.”

“Right now our society needs more than just an intervention to prevent suicide…..it needs to provide a pathway to enable people everywhere in how to make positive, sustainable, social connections across the age span with anyone suffering in silence – with or without a treatable mental health  problem, and whether or not they are suicidal.”

We hope you can join us.  To register, go to "find a class" in the upper menu, click on the "register" button next to an available training, complete the registration form and click on the "process registration" button and you are good to go.


We appreciate your interest and commitment to getting trained to help.

As you may know, Governor Kate Brown has issued Executive Order 20-12 STAY HOME, SAVES LIVES on March 23, 2020. 

As a result, the Metro Tri Counties are extending the time when classes taught IN PERSON are suspended and continuing to take precautions designed to slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and keep everyone as safe as possible which includes limiting non-emergency public gatherings for the time being.   

We are currently suspending our trainings TAUGHT IN PERSON through August 1, 2020, BUT ARE OFFERING TWO ONLINE CLASSES.    If you are looking for classes that are taught in person, we encourage you to check back in early August.   

We are offering Online, live Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) classes that are available on the website now.  As a follow up to QPR, please consider taking Counseling on Access to Lethal Means CALM which is also available ONLINE.    We hope that you will join us.

In the meantime, we hope you and your loved ones are safe and well.     For resources, updates and other information, we encourage you to consult the Oregon Health Authority or your local County Public Health Office.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Empowering communities about mental health & suicide prevention -- learn how to offer help and seek support.

If you found yourself with a friend, neighbor, co-worker, or student in the middle of a mental health or emotional crisis, would you know how to help? Do you coach young people, assist the elderly, or work with the public? What do you do after asking “Are you okay?”

With the help of skilled, qualified trainers, you can become part of a growing community of people who are getting trained to become a first aid responder to an individual having an anxiety attack, suicidal thoughts, or showing signs of depression.

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CALM - Counseling on Access to Lethal Means

Approximately two-hour training course offered for ages 18 and over. Free tuition

CALM is for anyone who works with people in a clinical/counseling situation such as health and mental health, veteran affairs, schools, peer support, clergy, domestic violence, etc.

CALM is intended to assist helpers in offering strategies to help clients at risk of suicide and their families reduce access to lethal means, particularly (but not exclusively) firearms. The workshop will introduce participants to the knowledge and skill components included in the completed 2 hour, interactive workshop. CALM is a means reduction program developed at the Injury Prevention Center at Dartmouth and evaluated by researchers at the Harvard Injury Control Research Center. The CALM workshop includes: a power point presentation regarding why CALM is effective, a model videotaped attempt scenario and case studies.
 CALM is recognized on the SPRC/AFSP Best Practice Registry, Section III.

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YMHFA - Youth Mental Health First Aid

Eight-hour training course offered for ages 18 and over. Free tuition

This training highlights the importance of early intervention and how to help young persons ages 12-18 experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis. You will learn about typical adolescent behavior, unique warning signs of a mental health problem and steps to take to get a young person to help. Important for parents, teachers, counselors, coaches, leaders of faith based communities, social workers and other caring community members. This course is designed as an in-depth training for adults who interact with young people. Continue Reading

AMHFA - Adult Mental Health First Aid

Eight-hour training course offered for ages 18 and over. Free tuition

This training gives you the tools to help persons with mental health challenges get the help they need. You will learn about the impact of mental illness in the U.S., warning signs for anxiety, psychosis, depression and addiction and a five-step action plan to help an individual in crisis connect to professional care. Ideal for military families, higher education workers, caretakers of the elderly, leaders of faith communities, human resource professionals and caring citizens. This course is designed for adults as an in-depth training to learn how to react and safely apply aid. Continue Reading

ASIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Two-day suicide intervention training course offered for ages 18 and over. Free tuition

Appropriate for professionals and laypersons alike, ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop that teaches you how to recognize someone who may be at risk for suicide, how to intervene and promote safety and how to identify appropriate supports to help keep the person safe. This course is designed as an in-depth training for suicide prevention. Continue Reading

QPR - Question, Persuade & Refer

Approximately two-hour suicide prevention training course offered for ages 18 and over. Free tuition

An introductory training for anyone wanting to learn how to help a person at risk of suicide. Learn how to identify the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond by following three simple steps.

Trainings scheduled upon request. Groups are encouraged. Need a training for your group? We are happy to come to you – be it a book club, parent group, place of worship or workplace. Contact us to inquire about scheduling training. This course is designed as an introductory training.

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Older Adults Mental Health First Aid

offered for ages 18 and over. Free tuition

Older Adults Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces the risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders, builds understanding of their impact and reviews common support options. The eight-hour course focuses on the unique experiences and needs of adults over the age of 65. It will give you the skills needed to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and connect them to appropriate professional, peer, social and self-care. Skill level: Beginner
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Mental Health First Aid for Veterans

Eight-hour training course offered for ages 18 and over. Free tuition

Mental Health First Aid for Veterans, Military Members and their friends and families teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.  This 8-hour training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to appropriate care.  Military culture and its relevance to the topic of mental health, specific risk factors faced by many service members and their families such as mental and physical trauma, stress, separation, etc., how to break down the stigma associated with substance use disorders and mental illnesses like anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and more, how to reach out to those who suffer in silence, reluctant to seek help and community resource information and support will all be discussed. Skill level: Beginner
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Eight-hour training course offered for ages 18 and over. Free tuition

safeTALK is a four-hour face-to-face suicide prevention workshop featuring powerful presentations, audiovisuals, and skills practice.  You'll learn how to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, engaging someone, and connecting them to an intervention resource for further support. A skilled, supportive trainer will guide you through the course, and a community resource will be on hand to support your safety and comfort. Skill level: Beginner
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