Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States.
As educated as our society appears, the stigma surrounding mental illness still creates a barrier to seeking services for mental health. Suicide has been identified as a public health issue and needs the participation of the community to address the crisis. You are far more likely to encounter an individual in an emotional emergency than you are to see someone in cardiac distress. Knowing how to respond can mean life or death, just as applying CPR increases chances for survival during a heart attack.
The word suicide makes people uncomfortable. We're here to help. By providing resources and education, you'll not only be more comfortable saying suicide, you'll be equipped to offer help. You will be letting a person in crisis know you are not afraid of the feelings they are having.
1 HOUR RECORDED WEBINAR
During COVID-19 in partnership with Cohen Military Family Clinic, Talk Saves Lives was presented utilizing ZOOM technology.
ASFP Talk Saves Lives is a community-based suicide prevention introductory class. Classes offered weekly, contact the Dallas Veterans Resource Center for the next class or check the AFSP website for a chapter near you.
1 HOUR ONLINE
During COVID-19 LivingWorks is offering suicide prevention skills training in a one-hour format.
ONLINE INTERACTIVE COURSE IN DEVELOPMENT
ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don't need any formal training to attend the workshop—anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.
2 HOUR ONLINE
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.
Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.
VIRTUAL TRAINING | 5 HOURS
First Aiders will complete a 2-hour, self-paced class, and then participate in a 4.5 to 5.5-hour, Instructor-led class using videoconferencing technology.
The virtual training is based on new curricula that has been in development for more than a year. It includes expanded content on trauma, addiction and self-care.
1 DAY TRAINING
4 MONTHS of WEEKLY 1-HOUR CONSULTATION
MONTHLY ONLINE ADVANCED TRAINING
To meet the need of community mental health professionals to effectively treat military veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the STRONG STAR Consortium has launched programs to train providers in the use of evidence-based therapies for posttraumatic stress.
Special TAPS Programming and Resources provide gentle, understanding support to work through the complicated emotions associated with suicide loss. TAPS Postvention Model is now recognized as a highly successful empirical method of support.