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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)is a two-day workshop designed for all community members. The goal is to enhance a caregiver's ability to assist a person at risk of suicide.

The Jason Foundation, Incseries of online Staff Development Training Modules provide information on the awareness and prevention of youth suicide. These training modules are suitable for teachers, coaches, other school personnel, youth workers, first responders, foster parents and any adult who works with or interacts with young people or wants to learn more about youth suicide. Modules are provided at no cost to those requesting the programs.

KognitoAt-Risk for High School and Middle School Educators is a one-hour evidence-based, online program to educate middle and high school teachers and personnel to identify, approach and refer students exhibiting signs of psychological distress, including depression, and suicidal ideation.

Persuade. Refer.An emergency mental health intervention for suicidal persons. The QPR Institute offers comprehensive suicide prevention training programs, educational and clinical materials for professionals, institutions and the general public. This is a one- to two-hour training; districts can work with instructors to assure the training meets the requirements of the law.

More Than Sad, developed by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, is an educational program that assists teachers and school personnel in learning more about teen suicide and how they play a role in its prevention. It features two films, each approximately 25 minutes in length and a manual that integrates both films into a comprehensive suicide prevention program.

safeTALKis a half-day alertness workshop that prepares individuals to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with pain in their lives. The safeTALK workshop will demonstrate the importance of suicide alertness and identify ways people invite help when they’re at risk. safeTALK provides practical knowledge of how to identify someone at risk and link them to life-saving resources. FirstLink in North Dakota also offers the training.