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Suicide Prevention Trainings

Suicide prevention training programs aim to train community members and professionals to recognize suicidal warning signs and respond appropriately.

The most common of these is Mental Health First Aid, which is a training program offered by the National Council for Behavioral Health. The training covers a wide variety of topics, including steps to take when someone is suicidal. This course was designed to help laypeople recognize signs of mental distress and when and how to refer individuals to get help.

In addition to the Mental Health First Aid training, there are programs more specific to suicide. QPR is one such program, which stands for three steps to intervene when someone is suicidal: question, persuade, refer. Training for QPR is offered on an individual and organizational level. There are several other suicide prevention training programs including online and in-person options. The target audiences for these vary from community members to healthcare providers.

In rural communities, suicide prevention training programs are a good way to educate community members and build a strong network of people who know how to respond when someone is suicidal.

Program Clearinghouse Examples

Resources to Learn More

Mental Health First Aid for Rural Communities
Provides access to mental health first aid training modules focused on rural communities. Includes a search tool for courses or an instructor in a specific location.
Organization(s): National Council for Behavioral Health, Missouri Department of Mental Health