Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) is a suicide prevention training aimed at helping individuals recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to proceed. It is an hour and a half long training that offers the knowledge and skills to help save a life. QPR is highly recommended for anyone above the age of 18 who feels they want to make a difference in the lives of others. Upon completion, each participant receives a certificate from the QPR Institute.
Ending The Silence
NAMI Ending the Silence (ETS) is an engaging presentation that helps audience members learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if you or a loved one are showing symptoms of a mental health condition. These presentations are led by two of our presenters: one who shares an informative presentation and a young adult with a mental health condition who shares their journey of recovery. We also offer three versions of the presentation, each tailored by the presenters towards either students, families, or parents and teens.
Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a longer course that includes a 2 hour self-paced portion and a 6 hour instructor-led portion. This course includes teaching participants how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health conditions. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health challenge or may be experiencing a crisis. Upon completion, each participant receives a certification through the National Council for Behavioral Health.
2020 Youth Programs Accomplishments
- 15 virtual Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid trainings, certifying over 305+ adults
- 26 virtual and in person QPR suicide prevention trainings, certifying over 431+ adults
- 39 virtual and in person Ending the Silence presentations, to over 951+ students and adults
- 19 Instagram Live “Community Conversations,” reaching over 1000+ viewers, including a special interview with Kevin Hines, suicide survivor and prevention advocate
These programs are provided at no cost to the San Fernando Valley community thanks to a generous grant awarded by Dignity Health and UniHealth Foundation. The Cultural Trauma and Mental Health Resiliency Project is a 3-year joint effort to increase the awareness, skills and capacity of local community organizations and community members to identify mental distress, address the impacts of trauma, reduce stigma, and increase resiliency via delivery of mental health awareness education. NAMI-SFV is honored to be a part of this project, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Youth Programs Director
Yasmin joined NAMI-SFV in December 2019 and holds a Masters in College Counseling and Student Services from Cal State Northridge. Her personal and professional experiences motivated her to be open about mental health awareness, as this affects everyone in some way or another. She is an instructor for QPR and Mental Health First Aid, as well as an Ending the Silence presenter.
Youth Programs Assistant Director
Ally started volunteering with NAMI-SFV in July 2020 because of her passion for mental health awareness and an increasing desire to spend more time helping others. At NAMI-SFV, she joined the Youth Programs Department to assist with the coordination of QPR, ETS, MHFA, and Instagram Live series.