Suicide Prevention Classes
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 more than 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.
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 lean and practice the basic best practices in suicide prevention.
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.
Means Restriction Education
Learn how to educate families on the importance of restricting access to lethal means when a family member is at risk of suicide. The class discusses developing safe options for gun removal and storage and securing medications. This one and one-half hour class is an evidence based practice designed for crisis responders, medical and mental health professionals. Metal lock boxes are provided for attendees.
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.
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.