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Mental health is an essential part of our overall health. We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health. Mental health is more than just the absence of mental illness. It’s a state of well-being in which we realize our own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work and study productively and are able to make a contribution to our families and communities.

Being aware of our mental health is important because it affects every single aspect of our daily life and our ability to function.

This is also true of our family, friends, co-workers and employees.

We offer a range of workshops for the general public, government, community organizations, and businesses on a fee for service basis.

Many can be tailored to your specific needs.  The length of the workshop can vary usually they are between 1 – 4 hours.  All workshops are engaging and interactive.

Topics for customized workshops include but are not limited to:

Services include:

We also offer training that is not customized.  These trainings have the same agenda each time regardless of the group.  Please continue to scroll down to look for detailed descriptions.  For upcoming dates, see the events page or contact the Manager of Education and Projects, Shirley Hogan at [email protected]

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

Mental Health First Aid is a training course provided throughout the country, where participants learn how to provide initial help and support  to people who are showing signs of a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Basic Version – In-person is a 12 hour training course with the following topics:

Standard Version – Virtual is 9 hour training course:

This 9-hour course opens with a self-directed module (Module 1) that focuses on the information and strategies that participants will discuss and practice throughout the virtual classroom modules (Modules 2 and 3). Course participants are required to complete Module 1 before participating in Module 2 and 3.
Upon registration, participants will receive the “MHFA Participant Reference Guide” that outlines MHFA actions for developing mental health and substance use problems, and mental health and substance use crises.

Living Works Suicide and Intervention Courses:

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training ASIST – In-person

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is for everyone 16 or older, regardless of prior experience, who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid. Shown by major studies to significantly reduce suicidality, the ASIST model teaches effective intervention skills while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community.

Virtually anyone age 16 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, can become an ASIST-trained caregiver. Developed in 1983 and regularly updated to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice, ASIST is the world’s leading suicide intervention workshop. During the two-day interactive session, participants learn to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Over 1,000,000 people have taken the workshop, and studies have proven that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings for those at risk.

Workshop features:

SafeTALK – In person

SafeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST.

Living Life To The Full – In person and/or virtual options available

Want to know how to feel better, right now?

This enjoyable, interactive course introduces the principles of Five Areas CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) and will help you to understand your feelings and what to do about them!

There are 8 (Eight) – 90 minute sessions: For more information click here

Participants are taught:


A lending library of books, manuals and DVD’s on mental illness, addictions and mental wellness is available to CMHA members. There is no fee (other than membership) to borrow materials. The library is located at our main office,

1152 – 3rd Avenue Prince George BC

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