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We’ve put together a variety of workshops and trainings designed to help you learn when someone may be at risk of suicide and how to help. For more information, click on the training PDFs.

Suicide Prevention Overview: A local perspective

Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS)

Watch an introduction to the C-SSRS

Description

The Columbia Protocol, also known as the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS), supports suicide risk assessment through a series of simple, plain-language questions that anyone can ask. The answers help users identify whether someone is at risk for suicide, assess the severity and immediacy of that risk, and gauge the level of support that the person needs. Users of the tool ask people:

  • Whether and when they have thought about suicide (ideation)
  • What actions they have taken — and when — to prepare for suicide
  • Whether and when they attempted suicide or began a suicide attempt that was either interrupted by another person or stopped of their own volition

How do you help someone who is suicidal? The first step in suicide prevention is awareness — knowing when someone is in crisis. That’s often not obvious, because many people suffer in silence or give no sign that they might harm themselves. As a family member, friend, neighbor, or colleague, you can make a difference by using the Columbia Protocol — also known as Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) — to help determine when someone is at risk for suicide and how to help.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Duration

Virtual format – 6 hours in Zoom and 2 hours pre work

Description

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 children through adolescents (age 6-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. 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. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. NEW: Expanded content on trauma, addiction and self-care and the impact of social media and bullying

Eligibility

Must be 18 or older unless preapproved by trainer; no formal training is necessary.

Provider Information

Find courses online at mentalhealthfirstaid.org Courses that specialize in both youth and adult mental health concerns are available.

Hinds Hospice’s Understanding Grief

Duration

60 minutes

Description

For those who have experienced suicide loss, the journey of grief can bring an array of confusing feelings that often are unpredictable and painful. This workshop provides an opportunity to learn about the unique challenges and dynamics of grief. You will be provided strategies for coping through rituals, self-care and suggestions for receiving support during this process.

Eligibility

Must be 18 or older; no formal training is necessary.

Provider Information

Hinds Hospice has provided the link to review this presentation. For more information, please visit www.hindshospice.org or give them a call at (559) 226-5683.

Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpdBqpEWH3s

NAMI’s Ending the Silence

Duration

50-60 minutes

Description

NAMI Ending the Silence is an engaging presentation that helps audience members learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if you or a loved one are showing symptoms of a mental health condition.

NAMI Ending the Silence presentations include two leaders: one who shares an informative presentation and a young adult with a mental health condition who shares their journey of recovery. Audience members can ask questions and gain understanding of an often-misunderstood topic. Through dialogue, we can help grow the movement to end stigma.

  • NAMI Ending the Silence for Students: 50-minute presentation designed for middle and high school students that includes warning signs, facts and statistics and how to get help for themselves or a friend. Research has shown that NAMI Ending the Silence for Students is effective in changing middle and high school students’ knowledge and attitudes toward mental health conditions and toward seeking help
  • NAMI Ending the Silence for Families: 1-hour presentation for adults with middle or high school aged youth that includes warning signs, facts and statistics, how to talk with your child and how to work with school staff.
  • NAMI Ending the Silence for School Staff: 1-hour presentation for school staff that includes information about warning signs, facts and statistics, how to approach students and how to work with families.

Eligibility

Must be middle school or older; no formal training is necessary.

Provider Information

To organize additional trainings for your group or organization, or inquire about trainings for specific populations, please visit NAMI Fresno at www.namifresno.org; Free of cost to schools and communities.

Talk Saves Lives

Duration

45-60 minutes

Description

Talk Saves Lives is American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s standardized, education program that provides participants with a clear understanding of this leading cause of death, including the most up-to-date research on suicide prevention, and what they can do in their communities to save lives.

Participants will learn common risk factors and warning signs associated with suicide, and how to keep themselves and others safe. The standard Talk Saves Lives presentation is also available in Spanish.

Topics covered include:

  • Scope of the Problem: The latest data on suicide in the U.S. and worldwide
  • Research: Information from research on what causes people to consider suicide, as well as health, historical, and environmental factors that put individuals at risk
  • Prevention: An understanding of the protective factors that lower suicide risk, and strategies for managing mental health and being proactive about self-care
  • What You Can Do: Guidance on warning signs and behaviors to look for, and how to get help for someone in a suicidal crisis

In addition to the standard presentation, three specialized Talk Saves Lives modules are available that provide similar information, while focusing on specific at-risk communities: Seniors, LGBT, and Firearm Owners.

 

Eligibility

Must be age 18 or older; no formal training is necessary.

Provider Information

To organize additional trainings for your group or organization, or inquire about trainings for High School students, please visit American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at afsp.org; Training are provided at no cost to the community.

SafeTalk

Duration

3-4 hours

Description

Suicide Alertness. This training is designed to help participants recognize a person at risk and help connect them with resources.

Eligibility

Must be age 15 or older; no formal training is necessary.

Provider Information

Find trainings online at LivingWorks.net; costs vary per training.

Mental Health First Aid

Duration

1 day: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Description

Mental Health Crisis. This training is designed to help participants learn how to assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance abuse crisis. The curriculum includes risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns; strategies for how to help those in both crisis and non-crisis situations; and where to turn for help.

Eligibility

Must be age 18 or older to attend Adult Mental Health First Aid training. May be younger than 18 to attend Youth MHFA training.

Provider Information

Find courses online at mentalhealthfirstaid.org Courses that specialize in both youth and adult mental health concerns are available.

QPR

Duration

1.5 hour; time may vary in a group setting.

Description

Question, Persuade, Refer. This free training is designed to equip you with the tools necessary to recognize the warning signs of suicide.

Eligibility

No prerequisite required/listed.

Provider Information

Find trainings online at QPRinstitute.com. Space is limited to 25 participants, so a reservation is required. If you are interested in attending please contact Kathy Cromwell, Program Coordinator for Fresno Survivors of Suicide Loss, at 559-322-5877 or kcromwell@hindshospice.org.

SuicideTalk

Duration

90 minute session

Description

Suicide Awareness. This training is designed to help participants examines why people experience thoughts of suicide. It also encourages open discussion about suicide and attitudes toward it and explores ways people can help to prevent suicide.

Eligibility

Must be age 15 or older; no formal training is necessary.

Provider Information

Find trainings online at LivingWorks.net; group prices are available at a discounted rate.

ASIST

Duration

2-day workshop (15 hours total)

Description

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training. This training is designed as an interactive workshop. The curriculum teaches participants how to recognize when someone may be at risk of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety.

ASIST is currently the world’s leading suicide intervention workshop.

Eligibility

Must be 18 years or older to attend an ASIST workshop; no formal training needed to attend the workshop.

Provider Information

Find trainings online at LivingWorks.net; costs vary per training.