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ASK About Suicide To Save A Life is a best practice gatekeeper training that teaches how to identify suicide risk factors, protective factors, warning signs & appropriate referral strategies.

Length: 2-4 Hours
Attendance: In person or virtual
Open to: Anyone 18 or over

Enhancing Your Mental Health during Sustained Stress

A presentation that provides a focus on protecting our mental health, practical self-care tips, and helpful resources

Length: 1 Hour
Attendance: In person or virtual

Faith

Sooner or later, suicide is something every ministry leader will encounter. Whether it’s someone experiencing suicidal thoughts or a community that needs comfort after a loss, what’s important is to be ready. LivingWorks Faith is a groundbreaking skills training program that will give you that readiness and confidence. Blending Scriptural wisdom and proven best practices, Faith is designed for all Christian ministry leaders who want to learn to effectively prevent, intervene, and minister around the issue of suicide in their congregations. In this engaging program, you’ll learn key skills for suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention within your faith community setting through information, simulations, and stories from over a dozen faith leaders and suicide survivors

Length: 5-6 Hours
Attendance: Virtual – Please contact OSP for availability of this training

 

Mental Health First Aid

A national program developed by the National Council for Behavioral Health, Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.

Length: 8 hours (One 8-hour day or two 4-hour days)
Attendance: 15-30 participants
Open to: Ages 18 and up
Versions: Standard (available in Spanish), Teen, Schools, Public Safety, Fire / EMS, Health Care, Faith and Spiritual Communities, Workplace, Veterans and Their Families, Older Adults, Rural, Higher Education

Mental Health First Aid for Adults

Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.

Length: 8 Hours
Attendance: In person or virtual – costs for manuals

Mental Health First Aid for Youth

This training is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.

Length: 8 Hours
Attendance: In person or virtual – costs for manuals

 

More than Sad

With versions tailored for high school students, parents, and teachers, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s More than Sad program helps individuals recognize symptoms of depressions and other mental health problems, challenges stigma surrounding depression, and demystifies the treatment process. For parents and teachers, it also teaches how to have a conversation about mental health and how to connect someone to help. More than Sad complies with the requirements for teacher education suicide prevention training in many states.

Length: ~1 to 1.5 hours
Open to: Teens, Parents, or Teachers (depending on version)
Variations: More than Sad for Teens, More than Sad for Parents, More than Sad for Educators
Attendance:  In person or virtual

SafeTalk

A training that prepares participants to recognize invitations, and connect a person with thoughts of suicide to intervention resources

Length: 3 Hours
Attendance: In person

SC Communities of Care Community Suicide Prevention Workshop

This workshop is designed to teach participants about the SC Communities of Care initiative, comprehensive community suicide prevention, and how to champion suicide prevention in their community. Participants will learn how to apply the 7 elements of Zero suicide to transform their workplace to implement trauma-informed suicide prevention practices from leadership,
to training, to supporting community members that may be at risk for suicide in accessing the appropriate services. This workshop is for any community or organizational leader looking to learn both suicide prevention skills that they can apply individually and trauma-informed suicide prevention principles that can be applied to the organizations they work or volunteer for. Community leaders such as school principals, superintendents, executive directors, supervisors, faith leaders, government officials, coalition leaders, and anyone with passion to apply change in their community are encouraged to attend.

Length: ~8 Hours
Attendance: In person or virtual Only Available in the following counties: Aiken, Anderson, Berkeley, Charleston, Greenville, Horry, Lexington, Richland, Spartanburg, York.

SC Communities of Care Trauma-Informed 101: Expanding the Support System for Adolescents

This training is designed for community members to learn how to apply trauma-informed principles in their day-to-day interactions. The training will teach participants how to identify warning signs of suicide risk in adolescents, strategies to ask about suicide, and ways to support an adolescent who is in a suicidal crisis or impacted by a trauma. The training is designed for community members who work with or have regular interactions with adolescents who may be at risk for suicide or coping with traumatic experiences such as faith leaders, school personnel, mentors, coaches, and staff in community agencies that provide services to adolescents.

Length: ~8 Hours
Attendance: In person or virtual Only Available in the following counties: Aiken, Anderson, Berkeley, Charleston, Greenville, Horry, Lexington, Richland, Spartanburg, York.

SC Communities of Care Trauma-Informed 101: Expanding the Support System for Adults

This training is designed for community members to learn how to support adults who may have been impacted by trauma in their lifetime or may be struggling with suicidal thinking. The training will teach participants how to be more trauma-informed in their interactions within their role in the community. The training will teach participants recognize the warning signs of suicide risk in adults, skills to ask about suicide, and strategies to support a person who is at risk for suicide or impacted by trauma. The training is designed for community members who work with or interact frequently with adults who may be at risk for suicide or coping with traumatic experiences such as faith leaders, government employees, financial or occupational advisors, realtors, mentors, and staff in community agencies that provide services to adults especially those at higher risk for suicide.

Length: ~8 Hours
Attendance: In person or virtual Only Available in the following counties: Aiken, Anderson, Berkeley, Charleston, Greenville, Horry, Lexington, Richland, Spartanburg, York.

Signs Matter: Early Detection

Signs Matter is an online education program created for K-12 educators by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Signs Matter was developed based on a combination of science and best practice. The program presents scientifically based information on a variety of topics related to youth suicide, alongside best practice recommendations drawn from experts in the mental health and education fields. Recommendations for school personnel roles, support, referrals, and interventions are drawn from best practices of educational and mental health experts

Length: 2 hours
Attendance: Virtual
Open to: Educators

START

Start is an online course that teaches trainees to recognize signs that someone might be thinking about suicide and connect them to help and support. Start, which requires no formal training or prior experience in suicide prevention, trains individuals to use a powerful, four-step model that will help you keep someone safe from suicide. The immersive and interactive program offers support and safety resources throughout the training, and offers users a vast array of simulations to practice their skills

Length: ~1 Hour
Attendance: Virtual – Please contact OSP for availability of this training
Open to: Ages 16 and up

Talk Saves Lives

This presentation covers the warning signs and risk factors of suicide as well as the strategies that prevent it

Length: ~1 Hour
Attendance: In person or virtual

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.

Length: 8 hours
Attendance: 15 to 30 participants
Open to: Adults who regularly interact with young people

Intervention

Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR)

A training designed for health and behavioral health professionals interested in the latest intersectional suicide care practices. Trainings can be provided to Inpatient and Outpatient Behavioral Health Professionals (one day training) and Inpatient and Outpatient Direct Care Staff (half day training).

Length: Depends on module
Attendance: 15-30 participants (In person or virtual)
Open to: Behavioral Health Professionals
Versions: See Zero Suicide Institute website

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

An interactive workshop that prepares caregivers to provide life-assisting first-aid intervention using the Pathway to Assisting Life Model (PAL).

Length: ~2 Day 15-hour training
Attendance: In person

Postvention

Connect

This postvention training helps service providers respond in a coordinated and comprehensive way in the aftermath of a suicide or any sudden death. Connect fosters relationship building and the exchange of resources among participants, and provides developed postvention protocols for educators, emergency medical services, faith leaders, funeral directors, law enforcement, mental health/substance abuse providers, medical examiners, coroners, military, and social service providers

Length: ~8 hours
Attendance: In person or virtual