New course aims to support depression and anxiety in communities

Depression and Anxiety: Help Others Cope is a new CHWTraining certificate course that examines widespread depression and anxiety in communities and addresses barriers to care.

This new self-guided course provides the blend of foundational knowledge and hands-on practice that will show community-focused teams how to help their clients deal with these common mental illnesses.

Anxiety and depression are on the rise across the US. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the US. People from all backgrounds, locations and ethnicities are affected. These conditions together represent a dangerous trend. They are causes of disability and lead to related health problems including heart disease, stroke, and substance abuse. Most people with depression and anxiety disorders receive no treatment.

The training helps connect those community members with professionals who can help. It shows community health staff understand the ways in which anxiety and depression are illnesses not character flaws and how they affect clients well-being. A variety of case studies provide real-world experience with such topics as social stigmas, and barriers such as cultural expectations and beliefs.

This course shows learners how to:

  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • Connect clients with professionals who can help
  • Teach your clients self-compassion and self-care methods to lighten symptoms

Depression and Anxiety: Help Others Cope is designed for community-engaged learners who need to show their clients and patients how to deal with these conditions and find help from providers. This course is ideal for:

  • Community health workers
  • Community health representatives
  • Patient navigators
  • Case managers
  • Clinical staff new to the area
  • Support staff

Ready to learn more? Depression and Anxiety: Help Others Cope is available as part of CHWTraining Learning Subscriptions. Contact a CHWTraining education representative to learn more.