Community & Professional Training

Provide training to community members and professionals on how to recognize suicide related behaviors and how to intervene.

Objective: All professional training in the state will incorporate suicide prevention and intervention curricula using best-practice or evidence-based programs as they evolve.


Individuals & Families:

  • Access training and then participate as a community trainer in suicide prevention
    and postvention.
  • Promote the concept in your circles that people should expect helping professionals to be knowledgeable about risk and protective factors and suicide prevention.

Non-profit, Community-Based, Faith-Based, and Businesses

  • Develop a cadre of trainers in suicide prevention and postvention.
  • Provide educational programs for family members of people at high risk.
  • Provide training for clergy, correctional workers, attorneys, social service staff,
    employers, and others on how to identify and respond to persons at risk for suicide.

Schools, Colleges, and Universities:

  • Provide training for teachers and other
    educational staff on how to identify and respond to persons at risk for suicide.

For more resources for professionals go to our Resources for Professionals page or click here.


  • Improve suicide prevention training for nurses, physician assistants, physicians, emergency providers, social workers, psychologists and other counselors.
  • Provide training to mental health and substance abuse treatment providers on the recognition, assessment, and management of at-risk
    behavior, and the delivery of effective clinical care for people with suicide risk.
  • Develop and implement protocols and
    programs for clinicians and clinical supervisors, first responders, crisis staff, and others on
    how to implement effective strategies for communicating and collaboratively managing suicide risk.

Policy and Systems:

  • Support coordination at the state level,
    between departments of the Agency of Human Services and the Agency of Education.
  • Develop licensure requirements for relevant professions that specifically include suicide training.
  • Ensure that all suicide prevention training addresses issues related to cultural diversity, including but not limited to LGBTQ, military veterans, and youth in foster care or corrections.

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