Classes, trainings, and talks


Anxiety Education and Support Group

Connections will host a free six-session, one-hour online education and support group for adults experiencing the symptoms of anxiety Wednesdays, noon to 1 p.m., March 3 to April 7.anxious woman sitting in a dark tunnel with the words "anxiety education and support group"

The group is designed for people experiencing excessive worry, panic, fear, sleep issues, agitation, irritability, or difficulty concentrating or making decisions, especially as a result of COVID-19.

Led by two therapists, the group will be held online using telehealth, so participants must have access to the internet and a webcam. It will be completely confidential, with participation limited to the same members for all six sessions. Space is limited.

Not sure if this is right for you? There will be two informational sessions at noon on Feb. 17 & 24:

To join the group or for more information, call 970-530-2886.



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.