Suicide Prevention Classes
FOR THE GENERAL COMMUNITY:
Question Persuade, Refer (QPR)
Learn the three steps anyone can take to help prevent suicide. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR is the most widely taught gatekeeper training program in the United States, and more than one million adults have been trained in classroom settings in 48 states. This one-hour class is for members of the community over the age of 16 who want to learn best practices in suicide prevention. This class is now also available in Spanish. Click here for scheduled classes.
Learn how to support someone’s desire for safety by recognizing the warning signs of suicide, identifying people who are at risk, and applying the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe) to connect a person to suicide first aid resources. Listed on the national best practice registry, safeTALK allows time for both practice and discussion. safeTALK is based on research that shows people experiencing thoughts of suicide often send out subtle invitations to help them stay safe. This three-hour class is for members of the community over the age of 16 who want to learn and practice the basic best practices in suicide prevention. Click here for scheduled classes.
Suicide Survivors’ Club Story Portrait Workshop
• Understand how visual storytelling helped the Anderson family after their loss.
• Get validation for the ups and downs of how life changes after the suicide of a family member.
• Use images provided by the facilitator to tell your loss story and aid in your healing process You will receive a copy of the book set to use as a healing tool on your own, with a therapist or in support group. Click here for scheduled classes.
QPR Suicide Prevention for Agricultural Communities
NAMI Minnesota and the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) are partnering to provide suicide prevention classes tailored to farming communities. Our aim is to change the public perception in agricultural communities and better equip the community to identify and help people who may be having thoughts of suicide. We offer a one hour suicide prevention program called QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) to help individuals learn the three steps anyone can take to help prevention a suicide. We also collect personal stories of farmers or farm families who want to share their story of living with a mental illness or being a suicide loss survivor. These workshops are made possible by a grant from UMASH. If you are interested in scheduling a class for your community or sharing your story please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This two-day training teaches those bereaved by suicide nationally recognized best practices for speaking safely and effectively about their loss. Survivors of suicide loss are key partners in NAMI’s suicide prevention and postvention efforts. No one is more passionate about preventing further suicides and letting other survivors know they are not alone. NAMI SurvivorVoices speakers are asked to present at our Postvention trainings. Suicide loss survivors should have at least two years between the loss of their loved one and attending the SurvivorVoices workshop. Click here for scheduled classes.
CALM (COUNSELING ON ACCESS TO LETHAL MEANS)
Reducing access to lethal means, such as firearms and medication, can determine whether a person at risk for suicide lives or dies. This free online course focuses on how to reduce access to the methods people use to kill themselves. It covers how to: (1) identify people who could benefit from lethal means counseling, (2) ask about their access to lethal methods, and (3) work with them—and their families—to reduce access.
This course is primarily designed for mental health professionals such as social service professionals and health care providers: case manager, nurse, ARHMS, social worker, CTSS, RN, LPN, MD, and licensed therapist. You will be expected to role play coaching others on Reducing Access to Lethal Means. Click here for scheduled classes.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
Learn to provide suicide first aid. ASIST is a best practice in suicide prevention where participants learn to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Studies have proven that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings for those at risk. This is a two-day interactive workshop. Click here for scheduled classes.
Suicide Survivors’ Club Professional Workshop
The Suicide Survivors’ Club will be hosting this program to share resources and tools for mental health and grief professionals when working with suicide loss survivors. There are three components to this program: 1. Trauma Transformed Through Art and Narrative presentation—how this project came to be 2. Story Portrait Art/Narrative Activity—activity to do with suicide loss survivors 3. Healing After a Suicide Loss: all Ages Workbook & Activity Guide—tool developed for professionals All participants will receive a SSC book set and guide to use for clients. The book set offers clients validation for the ups and downs of their own experience and guides them to move forward. The tools connect with our sensory input systems, ensuring that suicide loss survivors can connect with and benefit from the activities. Click here for scheduled classes.
Learn the research-based best practices in responding to a sudden death like suicide including how to reduce the risk of contagion and how to promote healthy recovery for both the suicide loss survivors and the greater community. This is half-day suicide postvention workshop is for professionals including first responders, faith community leaders, funeral directors, school staff, social service and mental health providers. An American Indian version is also offered. Click here for scheduled classes.