Resiliency Essentials

Resiliency Essentials Helping to Keep You Healthy

Resiliency is the ability to recover quickly during stressful times, and essentials are activities that are so important you need to do them on a regular basis. At Makin’ It Happen, (MIH) we are working with our partners in the community to promote Resiliency Essential programs focusing on prevention and mental health wellness.

MIH is proud to bring Youth Mental Health First Aid and teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) to the Greater Manchester Region. We are also pleased to announce the launching of the QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) suicide prevention program. Read more below!

Youth Mental Health First Aid
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 are experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. This course includes 2-hours of self-study to be completed and an additional 6 hours of instruction (which can be broken into two sessions). Participants will receive a training manual and certification upon completion of the course.

Find out more about Youth Mental Health First Aid here.

teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA)

teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) is a national program designed to support teens dealing with mental health and substance use issues. It teaches teens how to recognize warning signs in their friends or peers, ask questions and gain good listening skills, and get the help of an adult quickly.  

MIH recently assembled our first cohort of 16 tMHFA trainers. This cohort has completed the three-day, rigorous training provided by our national partner National Council for Behavioral Health. The trainers plan to bring the program to schools and youth service organizations. MIH believes empowering teens to help their peers will save lives, families, and communities.

For more information about tMHFA, contact Deb Baird, resiliency essentials coordinator, at

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is a national, evidence-based suicide prevention program founded over 20 years ago. Like CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation), QPR is designed to increase survival in the face of a crisis. It trains you to recognize warning signs, and question, persuade, and refer someone to get the help they need. 

In December 2020, Makin’ It Happen facilitated our first QPR Suicide Prevention training, offered to all adults in the Greater Manchester region. Those who attended, including local firefighters, librarians, and members of the community, became gatekeepers. Gatekeepers are trained to recognize warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide, offer hope, and get help to save a life.

For more information about QPR Suicide Prevention Training, contact Deb Baird, resiliency essentials coordinator, at

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