Classes, trainings, and talks


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Connections is hosting a 5-week series of mental health education courses free of cost for community members. Learn about important behavioral health issues in our community and how you can help yourself and others cope. Thursday evenings in October, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Offered by videoconference. Free, but registration is required.

  • Oct. 1 - Creating a safe space for your LGBTQIA children: Helps parents understand their teen's sexual orientation and gender identities. Provides strategies for supportive communication skills and education around terminology and specific identities. Helps parents strengthen their role as advocate and ally, and understand the specific stressors LGBTQIA youth hold during the time of COVID. Presenters: Alyssa Wright, LCSW, EMDRII; and Stephany Chapple, MSCI, LAC, LPCC
  • Oct. 8 - Handling overwhelm: Learn how to define overwhelm and ways to manage it. Presenter: Jenna Raymond, LCSW
  • Oct. 15 - Substance Use - Alcohol: Understand how alcohol use has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Presenter: Andrea Caggianon, LCSW, LAC
  • Oct. 22 - Grief and Loss: Explore expected responses to loss and how you can help yourself or someone you care for through the grief. Presenter: Tammy Brannen-Smith, LCSW
  • Oct. 29 - Sleep and insomnia in children, adolescents, and adults: Dr. Meng will discuss a wide range of sleep-related ropics including sleep requirements throughout the lifespan, how sleepiness and alertness fluctuate througout the day, common causes of insomina, and basic strategies to help with insomina. Presenter: Aaron Meng, MD

For more information or to register, contact Ana Pasini at, or by phone at 970-530-2842.


Mental Health First Aid


Mental health first aid logoMental Health First Aid is an 8-hour, evidence-based course that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems; builds understanding of their impact and provides an overview of appropriate supports. Participants learn how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect people to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care.

Those who practice mental health first aid do not diagnose or provide any counseling or therapy. Instead, the program offers people concrete tools and answers key questions such as “What do I do?” and “Where can someone find help?”

The program also teaches common risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses such as anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people, such as parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other community providers.

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, and disruptive disorders (including attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder).

These trainings are free, but space is limited. Snacks are included. All trainings are held at the Health District, 120 Bristlecone Drive, Fort Collins, unless otherwise noted. or more information or to reserve a spot, contact Ana Pasini at 970-530-2842 or

Upcoming trainings:

  • None is currently scehduled.


Suicide prevention training

Connections offers free suicide-prevention training. This hour-long program is held monthly at the Health District offices, 120 Bristlecone Drive, Fort Collins.

Called QPR Training, the suicide-prevention training teaches participants how to question people about suicide, persuade them to accept professional help, and refer them to community resources. Key subjects covered include:

  • How to get help for yourself or learn more about preventing suicide
  • The common causes of suicidal behavior
  • The warning signs of suicide
  • How to get help for someone in crisis

Upcoming trainings

  • None is currently scheduled.

There is no cost, but registration is required. For questions or more information, please contact Ana Pasini at or 970-530-2842. Light snacks will be provided. Feel free to bring a sack lunch.