Community Helpers

The Community Helpers Program provides opportunities to strengthen support skills and learn more about mental health issues and suicide prevention. It encourages youth and  adults to ask for help when they need it. 

Teachers and PRSD Staff

Community Workshops

The following workshops are including the core 9 modules of the Community Helpers Program. Learn how to support your children, your friends and your co-workers during challenging times and join one of the following trainings.




Becoming a Community Helper

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

Program Modules

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: 

  1. Orientation
  2. Ethics, Assumptions and Supports
  3. Setting the Stage for Helping
  4. Helping as a Process
  5. You can Help Yourself Too
  6. Boundaries and What to Do About Them
  7. How to Respond in a Crisis
  8. Mental Health Awareness
  9. Understanding Suicide 

Additional Modules

  • 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


More Information

How long is training?

Training is flexible but typically includes nine modules that can be delivered in one day; two half days, weekly for nine weeks or once a month for nine months. A three hour condensed version for the program can be offered as well. Certificates are awarded upon completion.

The training can take place in-person or online.


To find a training scheduled near you or to bring CHP to your school, organization, or workplace contact CHP Facilitator, Lilli Lundgard at or call 780-624-3603 ext. 10152

Watch this short video for an overview of the Community Helpers Program.

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