Mental Health Training

Mental Health Training

Samaritas SUD Services


Upcoming Trainings

November 5th

November 17th

December 4th

December 15th

Samaritas was awarded over $470,000 from Oakland Together Community Response and Recovery Fund (CRRF) to help Oakland County seniors, youth, refugees, and immigrants deal with the emotional and economic hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with direct assistance and support for COVID-19 emergency relief, this grant will fund behavioral health services, including Mental Health First Aid, and also support training programs for Oakland County community leaders to better identify the signs, symptoms and risk factors of mental illnesses and addictions so that we can have a healthier community during and after this crisis. We are so grateful to Oakland County, Community Response and Recovery Fund, Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter, and United Way of Southeast Michigan for partnering with us to be the rock that starts the ripple of mental health support and wellness.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a training course focused on providing skills so people are able to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use issues. Mental Health First Aid has been able to train more than 2 million people across the United States. People trained in MHFA are able to begin conversations about mental health and substance use problems by first, understanding, and second, providing an action plan that gets people the help they need.


SBIRT stands for Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment; this approach is comprehensive and can be integrated into a variety of settings. SBIRT quickly assesses the severity of a substance use issue and identifies the appropriate level of care. The Brief Intervention process focuses on increasing awareness and motivation towards change. Finally, the Referral to Treatment provides people identified as needing services, access to the appropriate care in their community.

Educational Series

Samaritas will be conducting 1-hour virtual educational series on varying topics.

  • Suicidality

This course will teach participants on how people become suicidal, how we can better detect and what interventions will prevent suicidal behavior. Suicide prevention begins with detection and utilizing the most effective strategies helps reduce the rates of suicide attempts and deaths.

  • Self-Harm

It is not uncommon to come across someone that is engaging in self-harm behavior. Understanding why people engage in these behaviors, how it can become addictive and what treatment options are available lead to successful outcomes.

  • Depression

Everyone experiences depressive symptoms, but for some it becomes something more. It’s estimated that 16.2 million adults in the US have had at least one major depressive episode (National Institute of Mental Health, 2018). By learning to recognize depressive symptoms in ourselves, in others, and evidence-based interventions to combat these symptoms, people will begin to learn how to find help for themselves and others.

  • Trauma

Trauma occurs more than many people think, more than two thirds of children reported at least 1 traumatic event by age 16 (SAMHSA, 2020). This training will define trauma, help you to understand trauma’s impact on mental and physical health, describe the various types of trauma and how to respond appropriately to trauma.

  • Substance Use

Substance use and misuse takes a toll on individuals, their families, our communities, and even our nation. The opioid crisis has exacerbated the need for education around this disease. This training will help people to gain foundational knowledge of substance misuse, causes of substance use disorders, basic interventions, and how to respond.

  • What to Expect in Counseling

Taking the first step towards getting help can be daunting and many people feel a sense of unease and anxiety when preparing to enter counseling. This training will give people an overview of what to expect when beginning counseling and how to get the most out of treatment.

For more information on these upcoming trainings, please contact Holly Wixon at

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