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Community Training Opportunities

Adult Mental Health First Aid

Target Audience: Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The course was developed for a general adult audience and is appropriate for both paraprofessionals and laypersons wishing to have an introduction to mental health and substance use concerns.
Description: Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.
Length of training: 8 hours
Contact: Kathleen McKee, Connections for Mental Wellness at or (920) 562-9691

Community Education 

As part of Connections' goal to deliver community education, we work to facilitate training opportunities to educate individuals and organizations on mental health topics and mental health access. Previous opportunities have included Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) trainings, "Identify, Connect, Understand" (ICU) workplace trainings designed to decreased the stigma associated with the topic of mental health, and "lunch and learn" sessions focused on relevant experiences involving mental health for workplace staff. Connections' Community Education Workgroup also develops and provides regularly scheduled trainings and sessions, which are often held virtually. 

To inquire about community education resources and opportunities, contact Kathleen McKee at or (920) 562-9691. 

QPR Training for Suicide Prevention

Target audience:  Everyone, including workplaces, social groups, and neighborhoods.
Description: QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer: 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.
Length of training:  1.5 hours
Contact: Brown County Coalition for Suicide Prevention at

Signs of Suicide (SOS) Training

Target audience: School district staff, including teachers and social workers who work primarily with children 11-18 years of age (middle and high school).
Description: This training prepares a school, school district, and/or youth service provider to educate their students using the SOS Program and engage trusted adults in their efforts. It walks participants through the program materials and planning process to make sure schools are ready to implement an evidence-based suicide prevention program with fidelity.

Topics include:

  • Facilitating a discussion with students about depression and suicide

  • Universal depression screening for students

  • Preparing to follow up with students in need

  • Coordinating with school administration and community organizations

Length of training:  4 hours
Contact: Brown County Coalition for Suicide Prevention at

Trauma-Informed Care Training

Target audience:  Service professionals, including those in education, law enforcement, government, health and human services, faith organizations, and businesses.
Description:  To train and educate the principles of trauma-informed care and the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma on both children and adults. 
Length of training:  8 hours
Contact: Holly Ladwig,

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Target audience: Adults who interact with youth ages 12-18, such as teachers and school staff, coaches, juvenile probation officers, youth program staff, clergy, parents, and health and human service providers.
Description: The Youth Mental Health First Aid course provides adults with key skills and training to be able to help youth who may be developing a mental health issue or experiencing a mental health crisis.
Length of training: 8 hours
Contact: Jody Anderson at

Local On-line Resource

Behavioral Health Training Partnership (BHTP) at UWGB

Target audience:  County agency representatives, social workers, and human service workers.
Description:  A variety of learning opportunities are available through web-based curriculum, classroom training, and site-based consultation and training on best practices in crisis intervention and other behavioral health services. Trainings are offered yearly. 
Contact:  Behavioral Health Training Partnership website 

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