MHARS LORAIN COUNTY
Request A Speaker
We provide a variety of FREE presentations to educate community members and groups on mental health and addiction. We provide education on youth or adult mental health, as well as nationally and internationally researched suicide prevention trainings.
For more information or to schedule a presentation, contact Clare Rosser, firstname.lastname@example.org.
General Mental Health and Addiction Presentations:
- A general overview of local services, resources, and learning opportunities
Suicide Prevention Education:
These community education options require NO PRIOR knowledge or experience with mental health topics.
You can choose from 3 different programs that vary in length and intensity:
- QPR (1.5 hours)
QPR, which stands for Question Persuade Refer, teaches people to recognize suicide communications and actions, intervene safely and confidently, and connect the person in need to the right help. Short, simple training. Audience requirement for onsite training: less than 30 registrants.
- Mental Health First Aid (8 hours)
Audience requirement for onsite training: Minimum of 20 registrants.
- ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (16 hours)
Earn the same credential that many military officials and health workers receive. It boosts your resume and communication skills, while teaching life-saving techniques. Audience requirement for onsite training: Between 16-40 registrants.
School or Youth Presentations:
- RESPONSE Teacher Training on Suicide Prevention (2.5 hours)
- RESPONSE Parent Training on Suicide Prevention (1.5 hours)
- Youth Mental Health First Aid (8-hour training for people who live or work with children or teens)
- Other trainings upon request
Meet Our Speakers
Lorain County’s Intersystem Program Director, Heather Distin has over 10 years of experience in the mental health field providing individual, group, and family therapy to children, adolescents, and their parents. Heather is a nationally certified Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapist and has special interest in advocating for trauma-informed care across systems. Heather has presented on various mental health topics to diverse populations, including educators, juvenile court officials, and mental health clinicians.
Clare Rosser helps organizations in Northeast Ohio connect with people who provide, fund, or need health and social services. She has more than a decade of experience in public relations, social marketing, and communications for mental health and social service organizations. She is a QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructor, helping people recognize and respond with confidence to suicide communications being shared by friends, family members, or even strangers who are in distress. She serves as the Communications and Community Relations Director of the MHARS Board.