Suicide Prevention Training and Resources for Educators
Training for Educators, Staff and Communities
QPR Ask a Question and Save and Life
Gatekeepers are trained to know the signs of suicide and how to talk to a person about them and then guide him or her to the help he or she needs. Gatekeepers are trained through QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training. Certified school staff training sessions are two hours and meet the mandated training requirements. Classified staff and community QPR training sessions generally run 90 minutes.
QPR stands for "question, persuade and refer." It is an educational program that teaches ordinary citizens how to recognize a mental health emergency and how to get persons at risk the help that they need.
Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer someone to help.
Use the Contact Information at the right side of the page to schedule free QPR training for your staff or community in Kentucky.
A limited number of Lifelines and More Than Sad kits are available at no cost to Kentucky schools. Use the Contact Information on this page to request a kit.
- Lifelines: A Suicide Prevention Program. This is a comprehensive, whole-school suicide prevention curriculum for implementation in middle school and high school. This curriculum includes a program guide, a CD-ROM (which contains reproducible handouts and other resources) and two DVDs. Lifelines is listed on SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices.
- More Than Sad: Suicide Prevention Education for Teachers and Other School Personnel. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) has partnered with the New York State Office of Mental Health to develop an educational program to help teachers and other school personnel to learn more about teen suicide and how they can play a role in its prevention.
This program features two films, each approximately 25 minutes in length, and a manual that integrates both films into a comprehensive suicide prevention program. The program is designed to comply with state requirements or recommendations for teacher education in suicide prevention, and it can be used for group training or individual study.
The films were co-produced by AFSP and the award-winning Break Thru Films, and have been endorsed by the National Association of School Psychologists. For more information and program cost, click the link above.
- Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (SPTS). SPTS offers free, interactive self-paced training for school personnel in response to legislation passed in New Jersey mandating suicide prevention training for staff. "Making Educators Partners in Youth Suicide Prevention" is a free online course open to anyone, and CEUs are available. The website also includes information for parents.
- The Jason Foundation, Inc.. This is a staff development program that provides free two-hour, self-paced online training for educators, called "Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention." Participants receive a certificate following the completion of the training. Its website also includes tips for parents.