The Community Helpers Program helps identify and train Alberta's youth and young adults ages 12 to 30, as well as adults who support this age group (teachers, coaches, employers etc.)
The program provides opportunities to strengthen support skills and learn more about mental health issues and suicide prevention. It enhances programs that reduce the risk of suicide, and encourages youth and young adults to ask for help when they need it.
Watch this short video for an overview of the Community Helpers Program.
Becoming a Community Helper
Community Helper participants can nominate themselves or are nominated by their peers, or others who believe they have the skills necessary to help. Through training, participants learn:
- About issues affecting youth and young adults
- How to recognize when someone needs help and feel confident offering it
- How to encourage youth and young adults to ask for help when they need it
- Community supports, treatments and resources available
- How to identify mental health issues and reduce stigma
- About suicide prevention
The Community Helpers Program consists of 9 core modules that participants complete to receive certification as a Community Helper. Additional modules are available by request and can be delivered to participants already certified as Community Helpers, or to groups with a special interest in the content.
The 9 core modules are:
- Ethics, Assumptions and Supports
- Setting the Stage for Helping
- Helping as a Process
- You can Help Yourself Too
- Boundaries and What to Do About Them
- How to Respond in a Crisis
- Mental Health Awareness
- Understanding Suicide
- Stress and Coping
- Self-Esteem, Self- Image and Social Media
- Health Relationships and Sexual Health
- Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression Awareness (How to be an Ally)
- Use, Misuse and Addictions - Substances and Processes
- Grief and Loss
- Learning and Education Concerns
- Abuse and Conflict
- Career and Work Concerns
How long is training?
Training is flexible but typically includes nine modules that can be delivered in two days; weekly for nine weeks; bi-weekly for four weeks; or once a month for nine months. If you have specific scheduling needs we can work with you to customize delivery. Certificates are awarded upon completion.
To find a training scheduled near you or to bring CHP to your school, organization, or workplace contact CHP Facilitator, Brianne Nettelfield at email@example.com or call 780-624-3603 ext.10152
Teachers and Staff
The Community Helpers Program is running the "Supporting Students Workshop" Series, online, every 2nd Wednesday from 3:45pm-5:00pm during the 2022-2023 school year.
This series is best for students and staff working with students 12 and older.