The ODMHSAS Strategies for Reducing Suicide are to:
- Create a culture that is smart about mental health by encouraging help-seeking behavior among those experiencing a mental health crisis and teaching others to recognize and respond to individuals in crisis.
- Provide quality care by highly trained mental health care professional implementing evidence based screening, intervention, and treatment models.
- Promote safe environments through encouraging safe storage of firearms and the safe storage/disposal of opiates and other prescription medications.
To assist in meeting these goals, the ODMHSAS recommends the following trainings:
- ok.kognito.com: Online training that uses virtual role-play simulations to prepare educators and school staff to recognize signs of distress, approach a student to discuss concerns, and, if necessary, refer the parent/student to appropriate resources. The ODMHSAS is able to provide this training at no cost.
- Lifelines: A three-part school-wide program that educates school faculty and staff, students, and parents on their roles in suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention.
- Mental Health First Aid: A public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews appropriate supports.
- Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR): Gatekeeper training that prepares participants to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and question, persuade, and refer someone to help.
- safeTALK: An alertness training that prepares anyone 15 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide alert helper by recognizing invitations to help and taking action to connect someone with life-saving intervention resources.
- Talk Saves Lives: A community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide. Attendees will learn the risk and warning signs of suicide, and how together, we can help prevent it.
- Working Minds: Training to prepare organizations to proactively address the early warning signs of suicide in the workplace by promoting mental health and encouraging early identification and intervention.
- Zero Suicide Institute: The Zero Suicide Institute guides healthcare organizations in their implementation of Zero Suicide by providing consultation, training, and resources to make suicide care safer. The Zero Suicide Toolkit is available to help healthcare systems transform suicide care.
To access free training and to learn more about effective suicide prevention programs, visit the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s listing of resources and programs.