Suicide Prevention

Suicide is a national problem and the third leading cause of teenage death. We know that the risk of suicide decreases if those closest to an individual in crisis recognize the warning signs and know how to help. Our suicide prevention trainings help save lives and reduce suicide behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention trainings.

We offer several suicide prevention programs designed to increase public awareness of the signs of suicide and offer practical strategies on how to respond. The goal of our suicide prevention trainings is to help all members of our communities feel confident in “Asking the Question” and referring the person-at-risk to local resources which are key ingredients to saving lives.

Here are our signature Suicide Prevention Trainings:

QPR (Question, Persuade & Refer)

QPR training is a one-to-two-hour program that teaches participants three simple skills to deter suicide and save a life: Question, Persuade, and Refer. QPR training also increases awareness of suicide as the most preventable cause of death. It helps dispel myths and misconceptions, teaches warning signs, and discusses emotional reactions to suicide.

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)

ASIST is a two-day training program that helps participants to learn and recognize opportunities for help, reach out and offer support to the person-at-risk, estimate the risk for suicide, apply a model for suicide intervention, and link people with community resources. Evaluations demonstrate that Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) increases caregivers’ knowledge and confidence to respond to a person at risk of suicide.

Suicide: The Ripple Effect - The Kevin Hines Story

This powerful film documents the personal journey of Kevin Hines, a suicide survivor who survived jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. We are offering showings of this documentary to organizations throughout the MPNN Region. The showing is free but we welcome donations that will help support our suicide prevention initiatives. The film is 1.5 hours long. We require a minimum of two hours in order to allow time for discussion and processing of the content of the film.

Lock & Talk Virginia

This environmental lethal means prevention strategy is designed to promote gun safety.  We work with retailers who sell guns to offer information to their consumers on gun safety and the importance using gun locks and keeping guns in a safe place.