2022 PMHN Training (EN)

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Welcome! This training, offered by Mental Health Matters of Washington, prepares you to become a Peer Mental Health Navigator (PMHN). The training is free to anyone 14+ years old, who is interested in helping people connect to community resources, support, and care. Our tailored trainings are taught in cohort style with the goals of helping people increase their knowledge about mental health and illness and strengthening their self-efficacy to support those experiencing symptoms of mental illness. The Peer Mental Health Navigator (PMHN) training fosters an environment of mutual support and growth as future navigators engage in weekly discussions with experts and others who are interested in mental health promotion and helping others. Each of the 5 lessons are taught in hybrid format -online content is complemented with live, weekly 1-hour discussion sessions with licensed mental health practitioners, many of whom identify as BIPOC or are from marginalized communities. Trainings are currently offered in English, with a Spanish version under development, and we hope to expand availability of the training into more languages as we evolve. The Peer Mental Health Navigator Training will help you:

  • Learn more about mental health and illness
  • Connect with others in your community
  • Identify resources locally that support mental health
  • Talk with mental health experts and providers
  • Develop confidence for serving as a mental health navigator in your community 
  • Enhance communication skills
  • Learn strategies for caring for yourself and others who may be experiencing mental illness
  • List different types of mental health care professionals, available treatment options and therapies
  • Receive an overview of the public mental health care, school and juvenile justice systems and resources to help you navigate these systems
  • Advocate for your child’s rights at school and in health care settings
  • Prepare for and respond to crisis situations (self-harm, suicide attempts, etc.)
  • Emphasize the importance of taking care of yourself

Some of the material in this course has been graciously provided and used with permission from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).