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The NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) Suicide Prevention is committed to providing an ever expanding array of curricula assigned to build capacity for suicide prevention within state, local, tribal and community based organizations. These high quality curricula reflect the emphasis placed on training found in the National and NYS Strategy for Suicide Prevention as well as the NYS Office of Mental health Suicide Prevention Initiative.

If you wish to schedule training for your organization or agency, please contact SPCNY for further information.

NYS OMH Suicide Prevention Initiative Training Calendar Leaving OMH site

hands Family Connections
Family Connections is a research-based, manualized 12-week course for family members with a relative with borderline personality disorder (BPD), or symptoms of the disorder. Developed by Dr. Alan Fruzzetti and Dr. Perry Hoffman, the program seeks to provide the most current information and research on BPD, to teach coping skills based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and to develop a support network
hands Legacy of Suicide and its Impact on Families and Couples: A Family Therapist's View
Whether it happened fifty years ago or yesterday, suicide can have a tremendous and long lasting impact on those left behind, also called "suicide survivors". In addition to despair, anxiety, anger, denial and shock, survivors often experience isolation, guilt, and shame. After a suicide loss relationships, decision making and coping skills can be immobilized, celebrations and rituals are often canceled, and family conflict might arise. Survivors are also at increased risk of suicide.
asistlogo Creating Suicide Safety in Schools Workshop
Creating Suicide Safety in Schools is a one-day, interactive workshop designed to engage high school teams in a process to: Evaluate existing suicide prevention and intervention readiness, receive evidence-based and best practice guidance, develop a comprehensive suicide prevention and response plan, and learn about resources to enhance safety and health of your school environment that are subsidized or available at low or no cost. Creating Suicide Safety in Schools workshop is endorsed by the NYS Association of School Psychologists, and is on the Suicide Prevention Resource Center Best Practice Registry.
asistlogo Lifelines: A Comprehensive Suicide Awareness and Responsiveness Program for Teens, Schools and Parents
Lifelines trilogy is an Evidence Based, whole-school program made up of three unique components: Prevention, Intervention and Postvention. The Lifelines trilogy is based on over 20 years of suicide-in-youth research that indicates an informed community can help to prevent vulnerable teens from ending their lives. The NYS OMH Suicide Prevention Initiative has a network of trainers available to provided integrated training for your school community.
asistlogo ASIST–Applied Suicide Intervention Skills
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day intensive, interactive and practice-dominated course designed to help clinical, non-clinical caregivers and parents recognize and review risk, and intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. It is by far the most widely used, acclaimed and researched suicide intervention training workshop in the world. Trainers are certified by Living Works, Inc. as accomplished practitioners in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.
Connectlogo CONNECT: Postvention is Prevention
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CONNECT Postvention training is designed to reduce risk and promote healing following a suicide death and is a designated National Best Practice Program. Suicide deaths not only affect family but frequently create larger community distress; suicide clusters may follow. CONNECT helps communities prepare for suicide deaths and to mobilize to prevent suicide clusters. The 3-4 hour CONNECT Suicide Postvention Training provides specific knowledge and skill development for various professions who might be involved in suicide response. Postvention is Prevention.
qprlogo QPR - Question, Presuade, Refer
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QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer -- 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. QPR can be learned in our Gatekeeper course in as little as one hour.
safeTalkLogo SafeTALK: Suicide Alertness for Everyone
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Safe Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe (SafeTALK) is a two-and-a-half to three-hour training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help to stay safe. Alert helpers know how to use these opportunities to support that desire for safety. This training is great for non-clinical providers, parents and youth of at least 15 years old.

Comments or questions about the information on this page can be directed to Suicide Prevention.