MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTER PROGRAM
Students helping students
Often the most difficult step in a person's mental health journey is taking the step to seek help. Whether that includes seeking professional help from a psychologist or psychiatrist, speaking with friends and family, or simply opening up about mental health challenges, addressing mental health concerns remains a difficult step. The interplay of stigma and lack of adequate awareness are two key factors that prevent individuals from seeking the help they need.
At Active Minds of University of Alberta, we want to eliminate the barrier associated with speaking out and seeking appropriate help. The Mental Health Supporter Program does just that.
The Mental Health Supporter Program is based on a paraprofessional trained student model. Supporters of the program are students passionate about mental health who receive 32 hours of extensive training including: Mental Health First Aid, ASSIST Suicide Intervention training, Community Helper's Training, QPR training, and Active Minds Resources and Active Listener training.
At the ending, supporters are there to listen, empathize, and connect individuals to appropriate mental health resources.
To chat together with one of our Mental Health Supporters all you have to do is sign up for an introductory support session by clicking the button below and a Mental Health Supporter will contact you as soon as possible.
THE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTER PROGRAM IS NOW PHONE ACCESSIBLE
CALL 587-989-2ASK between 9:00am and 3:00pm everyday to access support now!