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The 4 R’s Training 

Course Type: Faith Based
Course Access: Lifetime
Course Format: Online

Learn How to Address Mental Health Issues

One in five adults experience mental illness every year, yet fewer than half of those receive treatment. These issues affect people from all walks of life – no one is immune to psychological distress. Although mental illness is fairly common, sufferers often feel too embarrassed to seek help. This can ultimately have devastating consequences – mental illness lessens an individual’s quality of life and can even result in suicide.

Learn how to create a safe environment for those struggling with mental illness in this online training with Dr. Matt Stanford. This course will equip you with the techniques for identifying mental illness, developing safe and effective situational responses, and building a network to quickly connect those in distress with professional care.

Handouts for The 4 R's Training

K6 Evaluation Tool


Quick Reference on Mental Health for Faith Leaders


Navigating a Mental Health Crisis


Mental Health: A Guide for Faith Leaders



You Will Learn:

  • What is meant by the terms “mental health” and “mental illness”, how psychological distress manifests itself, and how mental illness impacts a person’s life.
  • The main symptoms of mental health disorders.
  • The truth behind misconceptions surrounding mental health disorders.
  • How and why people self-harm, the nature of suicidal thoughts, and how to help someone who is contemplating ending their life.
  • How to communicate with someone in distress and refer them to a professional for assistance.
  • How to start the conversation about mental health in your faith community.

Benefits of Taking This Course:

  • You will be in a position to support those experiencing mental illness or distress.
  • You will have a better understanding of the most common mental health topics.
  • The course will provide you with the knowledge you need to aid those struggling with mental illness, specifically related to referrals for treatment.

Course Lessons:

  • Lesson 1: Recognize mental health problems
  • Lesson 2: Refer to a mental professional
  • Lesson 3: Relate to those with mental health challenges
  • Lesson 4: Restore through community


Who can take the course?

Anyone who has an interest in gaining a greater understanding of this subject is encouraged to take the course.

The course is broken down in to individual lessons.

You can study the online course at any time you would like. The course is compatible with all devices.
Once you have completed each lesson, there is a brief multiple-choice quiz.

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