Suicide Prevention Peer & Mentor Training
Someone you know could be experiencing a mental crisis or contemplating suicide right now…but how would you really know?
What could and should you do to help that person? Certified suicide prevention peers and mentors who have been trained by Capacity Builders Inc. know how to identify the signs of addiction, mental illness, and suicidal behavior. They learn about the impacts of mental and substance use disorders, they understand how to follow a 5-step action plan to assess a high risk situation, and they connect persons in need with appropriate and immediate help and resources. Mental Health First Aiders learn a simple 5-step strategy that includes assessing risk, respectfully listening to and supporting the individual in crisis, and identifying appropriate professional help.
When training our suicide prevention peers and mentors, Capacity Builders Inc. uses a special curriculum and instructional approach. The curriculum used, which is entitled “Youth Mental Health First Aid,” is delivered in an 8-hour course setting. It was originally developed by the National Council for Behavioral Health and is designed to give people the skills needed to help someone who may have a mental health problem or who is experiencing a mental health crisis and the warning signs of suicide. This evidence-based training is proven to increase mental health literacy by helping the public better identify, understand, and respond to the signs of mental illness and suicidal tendencies.
Just as CPR training helps a person with no clinical training assist someone suffering from a heart attack or other physical complication, Mental Health First Aid training supports trainees to assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis such as contemplating suicide. In both situations, the goal is to help support an individual in need until appropriate professional help arrives. Participants are also introduced to risk factors and warning signs for mental health or substance use problems, they engage in experiential activities that build understanding of the impact of mental illness on individuals and families, and they learn about evidence-supported treatment and self-help strategies.
Currently, Capacity Builders, Inc. is certified to conduct training for Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA). YMHFA is an 8-hour course that gives people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it does build mental health literacy, helping the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness. All classes currently take place in San Juan County, but please contact our trainers if you do have a need for training in another New Mexico county. Learn more about our mental health first aid trainings.