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Training for Mental Health/Substance Abuse Providers in Suicide Prevention


Mental health and substance abuse providers are on the front lines of suicide prevention efforts. A unique community-based, public health approach, Connect training increases the competence of mental health and substance abuse providers in recognizing and responding to individuals who are suicidal or at risk for suicide.

Included is a review of National Best Practice suicide prevention/intervention protocols specific to the mental health and substance abuse providers, interactive case scenarios and discussion on how to integrate key community services for an effective and comprehensive response. For more information, click here.  Click here for a program overview. 



Mental health and substance abuse providers may play key roles in assisting a family or community respond to a suicide death. As providers they may also be personally and professionally impacted by the death of a client. Since knowing someone who has died by suicide is one of the highest risk factors for suicide, taking steps to reduce risk and promote healing after a suicide (postvention) becomes an integral part of suicide prevention efforts. Postvention training prepares practitioners and organizations to assist families and communities through the grief process, as well as the complex legal and ethical challenges faced after a client suicide.

Using nationally designated best practice protocols, lecture, discussion and case vignettes, participants will learn important steps for reducing risk of contagion. Ideally, postvention training is provided in advance to prepare providers to respond to suicide and incorporate postvention protocols into their policies and procedures. Training and/or consultation can also be provided after a suicide. For more information, click here.