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"It always seems impossible until it's done."
Suicide Prevention and Intervention Training with a Community-Based Approach
Connect Suicide Prevention/Intervention Training increases the capacity of professionals and communities to prevent suicide across the lifespan. Connect uses a public health approach and incorporates key elements of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy. Applying a unique holistic model and offering a community planning component, Connect stands apart from other training programs.
Connect's curriculum includes how to identify suicide warning signs and intervene with a person at risk. Building on that foundation, Connect focuses on the community as a whole and how to work across systems to build a safety net for people at risk. An second day optimizes the training by facilitating the development of a suicide prevention plan in the context of the community's resources and culture.
More than "just training", Connect fosters relationship building and the exchange of resources among participants. Prior to the training, Connect staff work with the host agency to identify local cultural or other issues.
Connect has developed protocols for educators, community members, faith leaders, hospital emergency departments, law enforcement, mental health and substance abuse providers, military, primary care providers, and social services.
Connect training includes activities, interactive case scenarios, facilitated discussion, PowerPoint, and written materials.
Connect staff will consult with a tribal organization to customize the training. Read more.
-How to recognize early warning signs of mental illness, substance abuse and other risk factors leading to suicide
-How to intervene and connect a suicidal person to resources
-Attitudes towards suicide and the effects of stigma
-National suicide trends and statistics
-Individual and community risk and protective factors
-Best practices on restricting access to lethal means and safe messaging
-The influence of electronic communication and media
-Roles and responsibilities of local service providers and others in the community to collaborate in building a safety net for persons at risk