If you could do one thing to help create a future with good mental and physical health, would you do it?
That one thing is learning tools that can help you manage life's challenges with competence and confidence. When we know more, we do better. You can use this knowledge to make a difference in your own life or for someone else. Knowledgeable interaction gives rise to hope, which is necessary for resilience, the capacity to be hopeful that carries us through challenges, disappointments, loss, and traumatic stress. Resilience is what heals and buffers the impact of trauma and adversity, and it can be built throughout our lives.
Partners In Prevention has an array of free and fee-based services and customized training to help you know more and build confidence and competence as a parent, caregiver, educator, human services provider, youth worker, minister or employer. Workshops are held on a rotating basis in Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency and Presque Isle Counties. Call us for the latest schedule or to discuss how you can host training at your location.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) are free multiple hour trainings funded by Northeast Michigan Community Mental Health and the Mental Health Awareness and Training Initiative.
Both courses teach adults how to recognize the signs and
symptoms that suggest a potential mental health challenge, how to listen non-judgmentally and give reassurance to a person who may be experiencing a mental health challenge, and how to refer a person to appropriate professional support and services.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Training and Education about FASD is provided to educators, administrators and all school staff; justice system staff; foster care and adoption service providers; health care and social service agencies; high school students; and parents and other caregivers.
Workshops may focus on identification and referral for diagnosis, understanding the myriad consequences of prenatal alcohol exposure, or strategies and intervention for success. A support group, case management and specific training help families navigate daily life. Workshops for all audiences are customized for topic and time frame to meet participant needs.
Trauma Informed Care: Positive
and Adverse Childhood Experiences
Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma is a six-week program that covers Trauma Basics and Putting Trauma Knowledge Into Action. Explore the biological and behavioral impact of trauma on children and how to use trauma-informed perspective to care for or work with children affected by trauma.
How Trauma in the Developmental Years Can Impact Adults is a five-week program that helps adults consider how their own experiences may have shaped their habits and thoughts, and how to adapt new, more effective means of handling life's challenges.
Customized workshops - Increasing knowledge of Adverse Childhood Experiences, trauma-informed practice, and resilience can help professionals better understand parent's and children's behaviors. From staff awareness to policies and procedures, trauma-informed organizations can improve outcomes for themselves and the people they serve.
Positive Youth Development
Rogers City Natural Helpers is a peer-helping program at Rogers City High School.
The goals are to help teens avoid the problems of adolescence, intervene effectively with friends experiencing problems, take good care of themselves, and improve the school and community climate.
Mental Health Awareness and Training Initiative
Crisis Response Teams - Many have recognized the need and have desired to have teams in our 4 counties. Over the next 4 years we are working with multiple partners to provide training and facilitate action to develop crisis response teams. This partnership between first responders, law enforcement, service providers and trained volunteers will help individuals who are struggling connect with appropriate resources.
Awareness Campaign will use traditional forms of media and innovative hands-on activities to help us all recognize the importance of getting help for ourselves and others when we are struggling. It will provide information on the many varied resources that are available and strengthen our ability to support each other.
Training - An ambitious schedule of workshops and training will help individuals and agencies develop or strengthen the skills to recognize and respond to individuals who are developing or have a mental health concern. In addition to MHFA, YMHFA, safeTALK and ASIST described above, LOSS (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors) will provide immediate support to those directly impacted by the suicide of a loved-one. Workshops will rotate through our 4 counties with a goal of reaching a minimum of 350 people per year.
Suicide Prevention and Intervention
safeTALK is a 3.5 to 4 hour training in suicide alertness. Learn to recognize when someone is having thoughts of suicide and how to connect them to suicide intervention resources.
ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is a 2 day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. Learn to recognize when someone may be at risk for suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety.
Facilitation of local coalitions such as the Alpena Suicide Prevention Team bring together organizations, agencies and volunteers to plan events and activities to make communities safer from suicide.