Education & Training

The Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition and the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health are committed to training and education on curriculum that can help communities build capacity for effective suicide prevention. The following trainings represent the commitment to training reflected in the Utah Suicide Prevention [KM1] Plan as well as priorities in the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

Community Members: Click here to request a Suicide Prevention Training in your community (QPR, MHFA, Connect Postvention)

Question Persuade Refer (QPR)

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer -- 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. QPR can be learned in our Gatekeeper course in as little as one hour.

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.


ASIST- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day intensive, interactive and practice-dominated course designed to help clinical, non-clinical caregivers and parents recognize and review risk, and intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. It is by far the most widely used, acclaimed and researched suicide intervention training workshop in the world. Trainers are certified by Living Works, Inc. as accomplished practitioners in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.


Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale

The C-SSRS is a questionnaire used to assess the full range of evidence based suicidal ideation and behavior with criteria for next steps. The C-SSRS can be used across various settings including primary care, clinical practice, military setting, correction facilities and more. For more information and for training on use of the C-SSRS click here.



Stanley Brown Safety Plan

Suicidal thoughts can seem like they will last forever – but for many, these thoughts and feelings pass. Having a plan in place that can help guide you through difficult moments can make a difference and keep you safe. Ideally, such a plan is developed jointly with your counselor or therapist. It can also be developed with a Lifeline counselor who can help you write down actions to take and people to contact in order to feel safe from suicide. In general, a safety plan is designed so that you can start at step one and continue through the steps until you feel safe. You should keep your plan in a place where you can easily access it (your wallet or cell phone) when you have thoughts of hurting yourself.


Connect Postvention Training

A suicide can have a devastating impact on a community or organization. The shock and grief can ripple thoughout the community affecting friends, co-workers, schools, and faith communities. Connect postvention training helps service providers respond in a coordinated and comprehensive way in the aftermath of a suicide or any sudden death.'


Working Minds Training

Working Minds Training

The great majority of people dying of suicide are men of working age but the majority of programs target youth.  Working Minds is focused on an older group currently underserved- adults in the workplace.  The Working Minds Program is the only national suicide prevention program in the United States that is exclusively dedicated to workplace suicide prevention.

Goals of Training:

  • To educate and create awareness of suicide prevention
  • To create a forum for dialogue and critical thinking about workplace mental health challenges
  • To promote help-seeking and help-giving in the workplace

With training, employees at all levels of an organization can learn to detect the signs of suicide and will have an appropriate plan on action in place.


LGBTQ Suicide Prevention Training

This 1-3 hour training draws from registered best practice programs for suicide prevention as well as local data and resources. The interactive training includes cultural competency and strategies for increased competence within organizations, protective factors, and information to help professionals and individuals recognize increased risks for LGBTQ youth. More information: Continuum of Care for LGBTQ Youth,  


Firearm Suicide Prevention

86% of firearm deaths in Utah are suicides. That's more than homicides, legal intervention, and accidental shootings combined.

Gun-owning families can bring down the number of firearm suicides, and we can do it without government mandates. Together, we can protect our family, our friends, and our freedom.

 Click here to learn more.

Clinical Training

zero suicideUtah Suicide Prevention Coalition invites you to participate in the evidence based Zero Suicide model.  Zero Suicide, developed by the national Suicide Prevention Resource Center, provides practical tools and strategies to help providers deliver the best care possible to patients at risk of suicide.  The quality improvement framework of Zero Suicide goes beyond training to reform entire systems of care and organizational culture.  If you would like to learn more you can visit or email  to participate in the Utah Zero Suicide Learning Collaborative.

There are many research informed clinical suicide prevention trainings available, and this list of resources is intended to be a sample of training opportunities that are among the most accessible and/or evidence based.