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Umatter for Schools: Virtual Youth Suicide Prevention Training

October 27 @ 7:30 am - December 18 @ 4:30 pm

Umatter for Schools is a national best practice program for suicide prevention developed by Center for Health & Learning.


This newly designed online training consists of 3-4 Zoom meetings and Moodle coursework over 6 weeks. The Umatter® for Schools Suicide Prevention national best practice program for suicide prevention was developed by the Center for Health and Learning. Umatter® can be adapted to state contexts and to meet statute requirements.

We advise you to send a team of a minimum of two people, an administrator, guidance counselor, nurse, health educator, and/or mental health provider. Please include at least one decision maker in your school team. Schools who have sent teams in the past are encouraged to send newly hired or assigned staff to support mental health and suicide prevention strategies in the school.

6 Week Online Asynchronous Course

October 27-December 18, 2020

(No course expectations the week of Thanksgiving)

Moodle Modules will be released weekly for learners to work on.

All six modules will have the following:

1. Content presentation in multiple formats

2. Self-reflection, likely in the chat/discussion

3. Activities that ask learners to engage with the material and their team members

4. Brief assessment of learning at end of the module

At the end of this training, teams and participants will have:

● Deepened their understanding of identifying and helping youth with risk factors and/or showing warning signs of suicide;

● Completed the Gatekeeper and Training of Trainers, both part of the learning modules and practice sessions;

● Planned to provide a parent and/or staff suicide prevention awareness session;

● Created and shared a prevention policy;

● Created and shared a postvention policy;

● Shared their plan for implementation at the school level;

● Developed knowledge, skill set and competencies in facilitation of conversations about suicide prevention and their responses;

● Reported on how staff and community training sessions went. What was challenging? Helpful? What do you need more of?

● Developed a plan for implementation of Lifelines or other suicide prevention curriculum.

Required Overview Zoom Meetings:

There will be two opportunities prior to the start date, for an overview of this course, how to navigate Moodle, and other questions. Please register for one of them when you complete your registration. Team members do not need to attend the same overview meeting.

Overview Zoom meetings will be held:

October 27, 2020 7:45 am – 8:45 am

October 27, 2020 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


$300/person (10% discount for team members of 4 or more)

This fee includes the online course plus online access to the training materials, handbook, as well as Staff and Parent Awareness Training Facilitator binder, wallet cards, and post-training consultation.


Debby Haskins, MS, LADC, is a Suicide Prevention Specialist/Trainer witth the Center for Health and Learning and teaches the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention and the Injury, Violence Prevention online courses.  She is the former Executive Director of the Association of Student Assistance Professionals of Vermont (ASAP of VT) and has a private practice in Central Vermont.  Her passion is working with adolescents and their families in in promoting mental health and breaking the cycle of addiction and presenting information in an experiential way.

Melissa Farr, Program Specialist has a Master of Social Work in Community Organizing and Children and Youth from the University of Michigan and a BA in Psychology and Social Relations from the University of New England.  Melissa has over 20 years of experience in the social work field in various roles including direct service with youth and families in the community, training and coaching Vermont DCF child protective workers, and administering nonprofit programs. Her experience and expertise focuses on assessing, developing, and implementing systems and processes that best support consumers, providers, and caregivers in promoting health and wellness.


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