Educational Programs

The Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition and the Utah 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 Plan as well as priorities in the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

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What is a Gatekeeper?

According to the Surgeon General’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (2001), a gatekeeper is someone in a position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide.

Gatekeepers can be anyone, but include parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, office supervisors, squad leaders, foremen, police officers, advisors, caseworkers, firefighters, and many others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.

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 is a 60-90 minute training.

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Working Minds trains organizations to proactively address the early warning signs of suicide in the workplace. Just as organizations have realized they can help reduce heart disease by encouraging exercise, they can also reduce suicide by promoting mental health and encouraging early identification and intervention. This training will educate and equip businesses with tools to address mental health and suicide concerns within the workplace.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) 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.

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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.

Learn more about ASIST here

Safety Planning is an evidence based intervention that is proven to reduce suicidal distress and suicide attempts. This training will build knowledge and skills in recognizing warning signs, asking about suicidal thoughts, creating a collaborative safety plan with a person at risk of suicide, introducing skills to manage suicidal distress, reducing access to lethal means, and following up, with the goal of promoting long-term engagement and wellness.

This training will emphasize a strengths based, empowerment approach in working with suicidal individuals.

Creating Safety is a 3-4 hour training.

A community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide.

Learn what suicide is, who it affects, what we know about it and what can be done to prevent it.

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COUNSELING ON ACCESS TO LETHAL MEANS (CALM)- UTAH

Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM)- Utah is a FREE one hour course to teach you how to have sensitive and effective conversations with at-risk patients regarding access to firearms and other highly lethal methods. Be a part of the solution to reduce suicide deaths in Utah.

Visit their website here.

safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone 15 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST.

safeTalk is a 3 hour training.

Learn more about safeTalk here

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Clinical Trainings and Resources

Human life has value. When great suffering is present, there is still a possibility for meaning, for healing, for redemption. As provides, as healers in our community, these are likely beliefs that you hold close. Safe suicide care begins the moment the patient walks through the door for the first time. It is essential that we have the necessary skills to provide excellent care, which in turn will help us feel more confident in our ability to provide caring and effective assistance to patients with suicide risk. When supported through the suicidal crisis and we treat their pain effectively, most individuals at risk can be reconnected with their reasons for living, and will not go on to die by suicide. A life worth living can be created and a tragic outcome avoided, if suicide risk is detected, assessed, carefully and empathetically managed, and effectively treated.

Utah 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 their website 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.

CRISIS RESPONSE PLANNING (CRP) FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION

This workshop is designed to enhance individuals’ knowledge about crisis response planning for managing acute suicide risk, and to increase their ability to confidently and competently administer this intervention with at-risk individuals. The first half of the workshop provides didactic knowledge about suicide, the development of the crisis response plan intervention, and its empirical support, all of which are designed to increase knowledge. The second half of the workshop includes clinical demonstrations by the instructor and skills practice by attendees, which are designed for individuals to acquire skill competency.

CAMS (Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality) is a therapeutic framework for suicide-specific assessment and treatment of a patient’s suicidal risk. It is a flexible approach that can be used across theoretical orientations and disciplines for a wide range of suicidal patients across different treatment settings. The clinician and patient engage in a highly collaborative assessment and suicide-specific treatment planning process. CAMS is designed to form a strong clinical alliance while increasing patient motivation.

COLUMBIA-SUICIDE SEVERITY RATING SCALE (C-SSRS)

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. 

To access a copy of the Stanley Brown Safety plan click here.

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Postvention

CONNECT POSTVENTION

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. To learn more about this training, click here.