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Suicide Prevention Training 

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)
A 1-2 hour gatekeeper training for general audiences. The goals of this training are to enhance general awareness about suicide through public education, teach community members the warning signs of suicidal thinking and behavior, and teach three basic intervention skills that can help avert the tragedy of suicide. QPR does not include suicide risk assessment.

SafeTALK (Suicide Alertness for Everyone)
A four hour training program that teaches participants to recognize and engage persons who might be having thoughts of suicide and to connect them with community resources trained in suicide intervention. SafeTALK stresses safety while challenging taboos that inhibit open talk about suicide. The ‘safe’ of safe-TALK stands for ‘suicide alertness for everyone’. The ‘TALK’ letters stand for the practice actions that one does to help those with thoughts of suicide: Tell, Ask, Listen, and Keep Safe.

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
A two-day intensive, interactive and practice-dominated course designed to help caregivers recognize and review risk, and intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. The learning process is based on adult learning principles and involves highly participatory workgroups. Graduated skills development is achieved through mini-lectures, facilitated discussions, group simulations, and role plays. ASIST is the most widely used, acclaimed and researched suicide intervention training workshop in the world.

Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk: Essential Skills for Mental Health Clinicians
A two-day interactive training based on established core competencies that mental health professionals need in order to effectively assess and manage suicide risk. The goal is for clinicians to confident, competent, and prepared to meet the needs of distressed clients and their families.

Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk: Essential Skills for Primary Care Providers
A 90 minute training program that provides Physicians, Nurses/Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants with the knowledge they need in order to integrate suicide risk assessments into routine office visits, to formulate relative risk, and to work collaboratively with patients to create treatment plans.

Online Training

QPR Institute
Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide
The National Center for Suicide Prevention offers online training including “research to practice” webinars:


Other Resources 


These publications are available to individuals and organizations within the Commonwealth. To request an order of the following publications complete the materials request form.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Materials (to order materials)

Lethal Means

Resources related to restricting suicidal persons’ easy access to dangerous substances from the Means Matter Campaign:

The Suicide Assessment Five-Step Evaluation and Triage Card (SAFE-T), Screening for Mental Health (PDF)

Effectively Engaging the Media in Suicide Prevention: A Resource Guide

Virginia Suicide Prevention Resources Directory