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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. 

Building a Safety Net: Creating a Community Suicide Prevention Plan

To build a truly comprehensive safety net, it’s important to go beyond identifying risk factors and warning signs.  Read more…

“Prevention/Intervention Train-the-Trainer” and “Building a Safety Net: Developing a
Community Prevention Response Plan” COMBINED.

Offering a comprehensive four-day
 program in suicide prevention

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.

Training Highlights:

  • 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

Connect Suicide Prevention/Intervention training can be provided in the following formats:

  1. Training - one day (six hours)   See above for curriculum.
  2. Training and Planning -  two days.  Day One presents the Connect curriculum.  Day Two optimizes the training in Day One by facilitating the development of a plan to build a community safety net around suicide prevention.  The interactive planning process empowers a community to create a plan based on 15 key elements from Day One in the context of their own culture and available resources. (read more)
  3. Train-the-trainer - three days.  (read more)
  4. Combination: Prevention Planning and Train-the-Trainer - four days.   This comprehensive format includes training, developing a plan, and creating a team of local trainers to provide on-going training.  The T4T component creates sustainability and strengthens the plan across service sectors of the community.  

Customized trainings are offered to the audiences below:                                               









Individuals who have had a loss from suicide, particularly a recent loss (such as within the past year), may find that a suicide prevention training evokes discomfort and/or feelings of regret. It is recommended that anyone who is impacted by a loss to suicide contact the instructor before attending the training to determine their readiness for prevention training and to discuss any alternative programs which may be more appropriate. Survivors are encouraged to contact Connect staff in advance to discuss their readiness for participation.