Suicide Prevention Steps Youth Workers Need to Know

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Thursday, February 9, 2017
  • 1 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • 100% approval rating
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Learners' Own Words

"This was helpful and direct. Presenter gave very relevant examples and resources."

"I really appreciate having specific language examples for how to speak with a potentially suicidal individual. It confirms what I know, but also reminds me to use thoughtful language."

"I learned a lot, and am appreciative to have these tools."

Your Training Description

Whether or not you are appropriately trained in suicide prevention techniques can make the difference between life and death for the youth you work with. One of the most effective suicide prevention strategies is the three step QPR program. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer. Just like CPR, it is an emergency response to someone in crisis. QPR is listed in SAMSHA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Practices and Policies. Gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to address warning signs and behaviors that signal imminent danger.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Acquire skills to identify the warning signs of suicide and be able to respond appropriately and quickly respond
  • Identify crisis resources and know how and when to access them
  • Gain greater understanding of ‘means restriction’ and its relationship to completed suicide
  • Learn various options for restricting access to firearms and other lethal means

Your Trainer

Image of Kara Bennett

Kara Bennett is a Community Educator at NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). She facilitates workshops to a variety of audiences across the state. These workshops include Hope for Recovery, Ending the Silence, Youth Mental Health First Aid, Adult Mental Health First Aid, Connect Suicide Postvention, Means Restriction Education, QPR, and safeTALK. Kara also manages the Kidshop program and helps organize the NAMI Minnesota conferences. Kara has a BS in Communication and TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Eastern Michigan University.

Your Competency Focus Area


Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around a broad framework of eight youth work competencies. The competency focus of this training is: AT-RISK BEHAVIORS.

Develop life-saving skills to identify the warning signs of unhealthy and risky behavior, understand risky behaviors based on a knowledge of adolescent brain development, and know when to report and refer.

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This training will count as 1 CE hour for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting. You are encouraged to print or save this training information as a PDF for your records.