Everyone plays a role in promoting mental wellness and preventing suicide.


Audience: All
1.5 – 2 Hours

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps 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, like you, are saying “Yes” to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.


  • How to Question, Persuade and Refer someone who may be suicidal
  • 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


Mental Health First Aid

Audience: Youth and Adult Options (see below)
8 Hours

Anyone, anywhere can be the one to make a difference in the life of someone with a mental health or substance use challenge – if they know what to do and what to say. Mental Health First Aid can give you the necessary tools to have a courageous conversation.

Mental Health First Aid was created in Australia in 2001 by Betty Kitchener, a nurse specializing in health education, and Tony Jorm, a respected mental health literacy professor. The National Council for Behavioral Health operates Mental Health First Aid USA in partnership with the Missouri Department of Mental Health.



Youth Mental Health First Aid 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 12-18) 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.


The Adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone 18 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental-health-related crisis or challenge. Topics covered include (but are not limited to) anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addiction. Learn more about available resources and how to help someone in need.

Tailored Mental Health and Wellness

Audience: All
Length will vary

According to NAMI, one in five Americans experience a mental illness each year. The latest Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) Data, shows 1 in 6 students in grades 6-12 have considered suicide, 1 in 8 have a plan, and 1 in 10 have attempted suicide. These are not just statistics, these are our neighbors, friends, and family members.

Customizable presentations include:

  • Youth Mental Wellness
  • General Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
  • Preventing Youth Suicide by Promoting Resilience
  • Engaging in Courageous Conversations
  • And More!


Straight Talk

Audience: Adults

The Straight Talk monthly seminar series offers educational programs that help parents, caregivers, and community members to recognize, understand, and deal with potential problems that can surface during developmental years. We encourage all adults to be proactive and join us to learn about what our youth are faced with today. Each session will provide tools and techniques to effectively respond to and support the young people in our lives.

2022 Dates Coming Soon!

No registration is required for adults, and you may register children for free children’s activities and homework help by contacting Sue Marshall at smb11@scasd.org. Supervision of children is provided by volunteers from SCASD and Penn State University.

The Straight Talk Series is brought to the Centre County Region by Jana Marie Foundation, Youth Service Bureau, Communities That Care Partnership, and State College Area School District administration, faculty, and staff. To view past recordings, please visit www.scasd.org/straighttalk.

Talk Saves Lives

Audience: All
30 Minutes

Talk Saves Lives is a community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide. Attendees will learn the risk and warning signs of suicide, and how together, we can help prevent it. This program was developed by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Mind Matters

Audience: 6th – 12th grade students
Suggested 2 Hours

All of us, at some point or another, will need to overcome adversity in our lifetime.  Having the opportunity to identify sources of stress and learn practical and healthy ways to cope can assist individuals thrive despite being faced with challenges.

Mind Matters is a two hour course designed to help 6th – 12th grade students learn how to navigate through the tough times and grow from their experiences. Through this interactive course, students will learn to identify sources of stress and practice a variety of techniques to help build mindfulness, hardiness, and positive mindset.



Audience: All
Length will vary

We all face challenges and the need the overcome adversity in our lives. During this interactive presentation, Jana Marie Foundation will discuss what resilience means and the ways we can nurture and develop our skills. The presentation will include practical tools and techniques that can be implemented immediately to help build resilience in yourself and the young people in your life. This course can be customized to fit the needs of your organization or group


Interested in one of the courses above?

Let us know and we will reach out to talk about bringing training to your organization or group.

General Course Interest Form

Thank you to our Mental Health Education Partner:

Mount Nittany Health