Youth and Teen Suicide Prevention and Intervention Training Models
Youth as Participants
Youth will most often seek help from their peers. Thus, it is imperative that youth are provided the tools to recognize other youth who may be at risk for suicide and the knowledge of how to respond if they are concerned. Studies have consistently shown that cross-age teaching, or youth peer training, is an effective practice for educating youth. Designated a National Best Practice program, Connect utilizes a unique community-based model increases the competence and confidence of youth to recognize and respond to suicidal individuals. Modified to be age and culturally appropriate for youth, the curriculum has been carefully reviewed to follow recognized prevention (Safe Messaging) practices. For more information, click here.
Youth as Suicide Prevention Trainers
Research has consistently shown that cross-age training is an effective method to educate youth. Connect Youth Leaders Train-the-Trainer program engages a core group of high school youth leaders to train their peers in suicide prevention and intervention. This model increases local capacity and sustainability for on-going training. Many communities find that having youth trainers validates the importance of the topic among their peers, increases participation and promotes cultural acceptance around help-seeking.
The training covers the modules of the Connect prevention/intervention training for youth (see above). Peer trainers learn to facilitate Connect training through exercises and rehearsal of sections of the training. Connect staff observe, interact, and provide continuous feedback. For more information, click here.
Please view the Connect Program position paper regarding provision of youth or school based suicide prevention trainings