Wednesday, April 29, 2015

FREE Youth Mental Health First Aid & QPR Suicide Prevention Courses sponsored by SD County & Optum

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May is Mental Health Awareness month. For some reason, mental health is never talked about as much as other illnesses. I know I don't talk about it as much as I should. But being healthy isn't just a physical thing but a mental one as well. And like regular exercise and healthy eating, mental health awareness should start during childhood. Mental illness runs in my family and it's something I have had to deal with all my life. My aunt has bipolar disorder and because of her struggles with the disease has attempted suicide more than once. Growing up, it was hard for me to understand what she was going through and now that I'm older, I wish I had been able to help her in some way when she needed it.

I wanted to pass along some information about a couple of events happening here in San Diego.

FREE Youth Mental Health First Aid & QPR Suicide Prevention Courses sponsored by SD County & Optum. Here is the flyer:

San Diego County Suicide Prevention Council and Optum San Diego are offering free QPR Suicide Prevention training and Youth Mental Health First Aid courses. The training is available at no cost, but space is limited and registration is required.

QPR Suicide Prevention Training (1 Hour)
Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR): three simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans attend QPR to learn how they can help save the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.
Date/Time: Thursday, April 30th at 10 a.m. / 12 p.m. / 5 p.m Cost: No Charge
Location: Malcolm X Library | 5148 Market Street | San Diego, CA 92114
Details and Registration: Contact Lora Cayanan at or (858) 609-7971

Youth Mental Health First Aid (8 Hours)
This course is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12 to 18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

Date/Time: Friday, May 1st from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: No Charge
Location: NAMI San Diego | 5095 Murphy Canyon Road, Suite 320 | San Diego, CA 92123
Details and Registration: Contact Optum San Diego at or (619) 641-6355

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These events are designed to save lives. Take advantage of the training if you can!

(this is a sponsored post)


  1. It is so important to bring awareness to Mental Health! Thanks for the post!

    1. I agree. The more people talk about it, more people will be saved!