Awareness & Prevention


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
Open to: Anyone 18 or over

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: about 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: 15-30 participants

Talk Saves Lives

Another program developed by the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, Talk Saves Lives is a community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide. Participants learn the risk and warning signs of suicide, and how together, we can prevent it.

Length: about 1 to 1.5 hours
Open to: ages 16 and up
Variations: Standard, Firearms Module, LGBT Module, Senior Module, Spanish Module

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: Online
Open to: Educators

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


Start is a 1-hour 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: 1-1.5 hours
Attendance: Online
Open to: Ages 16 and up

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



LivingWorks’ safeTALK is an evidence-based, 3-4 hour, face-to-face workshop featuring powerful presentations, audiovisuals, and skills practice. Participants learn how to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, engaging someone, and connecting them to an intervention resource for further support.

Length: 3 to 4 hours
Attendance: 15-30 participants
Open to: Ages 15 and up

Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR)

AMSR is 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
Open to: Behavioral Health Professionals
Versions: See Zero Suicide Institute website

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first-aid. ASIST, a LivingWorks program with 30-plus years of supportive research, teaches participants to recognize when someone may be at risk 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 — ASIST can be learned and used by anyone.

Length: 15 hours (two 7.5-hour days)
Attendance: 16 to 30 participants
Open to: Ages 16 and up



Created by NAMI New Hampshire, Connect postvention training helps service providers respond in a coordinated and comprehensive way in the aftermath of a suicide or any sudden death. More than “just training,” 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: 6 hours (flexible format)
Attendance: 15 to 35 participants
Open to: Ages 16 and up