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Location: Online
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: Free

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On completion of the course, you will be awarded a certificate.
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Introduction to EMPOWER in Schools

Mental Health Awareness Training

One in five children experience mental illness every year, yet fewer than half of those receive treatment. These issues affect people from all walks of life – no one is immune to psychological distress. Although mental illness is fairly common, sufferers often feel too embarrassed to seek help. This can ultimately have devastating consequences – mental illness lessens a child’s quality of life and can even result in suicide.

EMPOWER yourself by learning how to create a safe environment for those struggling with mental illness in this 2 hour online training with Dr. Matt Stanford. This course will equip you with the techniques for identifying mental illness, developing safe and effective situational responses, and building a network to quickly connect adolescents in distress with professional care.

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You Will Learn:

  • What is meant by the terms “mental health” and “mental illness”, how psychological distress manifests itself, and how mental illness impacts an adolescent’s life
  • The main symptoms of mental health disorders
  • The truth behind misconceptions surrounding mental health disorders
  • How and why children and teens self-harm, the nature of suicidal thoughts, and how to help someone who is contemplating ending their life
  • How to communicate with an adolescent in distress and refer them to a professional for assistance
  • How to start the conversation about mental health in your community

Benefits of Taking This Course:

  • You will be in a position to support those experiencing mental illness or distress
  • You will have a better understanding of the most common mental health topics
  • The course will provide you with the knowledge you need to aid those struggling with mental illness, specifically related to referrals for treatment



Anyone who has an interest in gaining a greater understanding of this subject is encouraged to take the course. This course specifically is ideal for teachers and administrators within the education system.

The course is broken down in to individual modules.

You can study the online course at any time you would like. The course is compatible with all devices.

Once you have completed all modules, there is a brief multiple-choice quiz.

Once you have completed the training, you will be able to download a PDF of your certificate of completion.

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