2024 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.

The PMHN training’s main purpose is to help participants increase their knowledge about mental health and increase their ability to support themselves and others by connecting with local resources and mental health professionals.

Five Lessons: Hybrid Format

Each of the 5 lessons are taught in hybrid format.You will work through  online content at your own pace each week and also meet  with experts  and Peer Mental Health Navigators (PMHN).  The weekly 1-hour discussion sessions are led by licensed mental health practitioners, many of whom identify as BIPOC or are from marginalized communities. Training is currently offered in English and Spanish. We hope to expand availability of the training into more languages as we evolve.


  • 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).

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