Fri Apr 24th, 2020
Tags: Behavioral Health, Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS), mental health, Native Connections Program, Persuade and Refer (QPR), Precious Collins Native Connections Program Coordinator, QPR Online Gatekeeper Training, Question, substance use-related crisis, suicide is preventable
First off, suicide is preventable and there are steps we can take to prevent it. How and when we help someone is considered suicide prevention. It can be through media campaigns, reaching out and checking on someone, going to counseling or maybe even taking medication prescribed by a physician or psychiatrist.
Taking a gatekeeper suicide prevention training is also suicide prevention. These pieces of training teach you what mental health, behavioral health or substance use-related crisis looks like and what risk factors and warning signs to look for. You also learn what steps to take if someone is experiencing a crisis and non-crisis situation.
What gatekeeper trainings are out there?
There are quite a few gatekeeper trainings out there. But it’s important to find one that is evidence-based or at least “best practices” in the field of suicide prevention.
Here are some of the trainings that are available:
These are just a few and they all differ depending on time, accessibility and content. Some are as quick at 60 minutes and online. Some are one-day in-person trainings and go more in-depth about mental health and behavioral health issues.
Is there training available right now? Yes.
The Native Connections Program has purchased online licenses for the QPR Online Gatekeeper Training and is offering training to employees of the Southern Ute Tribe and Southern Ute tribal members.
This training is free. It’s online, self-paced and will take about 60 minutes to complete.
Sign up now. Contact Precious Collins at 970-306-8131 or email@example.com to sign up to take the free online suicide prevention training through the QPR Institute.
Want to help and be a part of the change?
Looking for community members and youth to join the Prevention Coalition tasked to reduce youth substance usage, eliminate mental health stigma and start the discussion around suicide and prevention. Contact Precious Collins, Native Connections Program Coordinator for more information 970-563-2487.
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