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Prevention Training

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Class Descriptions 

  Available Suicide Prevention Training(s):

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Making Educators Partners in Suicide PreventionMaking Educators Partners in Suicide Prevention is an online interactive training program for educators and school staff. Designed in a series of 5 modules, it addresses the critical but limited responsibilities of educators in the process of identification and referral of potentially suicidal youth. It focuses on the practical realities and challenges inherent in the school setting through a variety of training formats that include lecture, question and answer, and role plays. Experts in mental health and suicide prevention provide informed commentary and parents of children who’ve died by suicide speak eloquently about the important role that school-based suicide awareness programs can play in the prevention process. School professionals and Staff

Means Restriction Training – Restriction Education is designed to help parents and adult caregivers of at-risk youth recognize the importance of taking immediate, new action to restrict access to firearms, alcohol, and prescription and over-the-counter drugs in the home. The intervention also gives parents and caregivers specific, practical advice on how to dispose of or lock up firearms and substances that may be used in a suicide attempt.  This training will take approximately 1 hour – 1.5 hours.  The targeted audience would be staff from the Emergency Department and behavioral health staff.  The number that can attend this training would be 30 people.

Safety Planning is used to provide people who are experiencing suicidal ideation with a specific set of concrete strategies to use in order to decrease the risk of suicidal behavior. The safety plan includes coping strategies that may be used and individuals or agencies that may be contacted during a crisis. The Safety Planning Intervention is a collaborative effort between a treatment provider and a patient. The basic steps of a safety plan include (a) recognizing the warning signs of an impending suicidal crisis; (b) using your own coping strategies; (c) contacting others in order to distract from suicidal thoughts; (d) contacting family members or friends who may help to resolve the crisis; (e) contacting mental health professionals or agencies; and (f) reducing the availability of means to complete suicide.  The number of people that could attend this training would be 30 people. This training will take approximately 1 hour – 1.5 hours.  The target audience would be any behavioral health or health staff.

QPR-T – The QPRT Suicide Risk Assessment and Management Training Program is an 8 hour course for health professionals that is designed to reduce mental health consumer morbidity and mortality by standardizing the detection, assessment, and management of patients at elevated risk for self-directed violence in all settings and across the age span.  QPR-T is very different than the general QPR, which targets the general public to identify warning signs of suicide and intervene. The QPRT suicide risk assessment protocols are guided clinical interviews developed through expert opinion and anchored in the scientific literature on suicide risk assessment. Protocol questions produce a standardized suicide risk assessment that includes documentation of risk and protective factors, current suicidal ideation, desire, intent, planning, past attempts and other self-report of suicide capability.  This training targets behavioral health and health professionals that assess and manage patients at risk for suicide.  The number of people that could attend this training is 25.

QPR – QPR stands for Question, Persuade and Refer, three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. In this one to two-hour training, participants first learn about the nature of suicidal communications, what forms these communications take and how they may be used as a stimulus for a QPR intervention.

Mental Health First Aid – Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches the general public how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps individuals identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The program helps build mental health literacy, helping the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness.  The target audience would be community members who might come in contact with individuals experiencing a mental health problem.

Youth Mental Health First Aid – Youth Mental Health First Aid reviews the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents ages 12-18.  This 8 hour course emphasizes the importance of early intervention and covers how to help and adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.

ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is for everyone 16 or older—regardless of prior experience—who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid. Shown by major studies to significantly reduce suicidality, the ASIST model teaches effective intervention skills while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community. This is a 2-day training limited to 30 people.

Survivor Voices – This is a national best practice two-day training for survivors of suicide loss who would like to learn how to tell their story safely and effectively.  The first day of the training will focus on the basics of public speaking, issues to be aware of around speaking about suicide, safe messaging, honing your message for particular audiences/media, and composing your personal story. The second day of the training will give you an opportunity to share your presentation, evaluate yourself, get feedback from the group, discuss how to be responsive to your audience, and review responses to difficult questions. The remaining session will be spent learning more about the services of the Helpline Center, available resource materials and discussion about how you might volunteer to help with suicide prevention or to provide support to other survivors.

SAS- Surviging After Suicide  – Surviving After Suicide (SAS) is an eight-week education and support class for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide. Suppressing grief keeps one in a continual state of stress and shock, unable to move from it.  The class is designed to help survivors express and understand the troubling and powerful grief they experience in a safe place along with other people who have lost a loved one to suicide.

The SAS education and support class is sponsored by the Helpline Center, which is certified by the American Association of Suicidology and has staff that are trained in the area of suicide prevention, intervention and loss.  

Shield of Care Shield of Care is an 8-hour, evidence-informed curriculum that teaches juvenile justice staff strategies to prevent suicide in their correctional facility environment. There is also a refresher course for those who have taken the training in the past.