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Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention Trainings

Avera St. Mary's Foundation provides three different training options: ASIST, QPR and suicideTalk.


Participants learn how to: recognize invitations for help, reach out and offer support, review the risk of suicide, apply a suicide intervention model, link people with community resources. ASIST provides practical training for individuals seeking to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Participants often include: people concerned about family or friends, natural helpers and advisors, emergency service worker, counselors, teachers and ministers, mental health practitioners, workers in health, welfare or justice community volunteers

Both trainings (ASIST and suicideTalk) were developed by LivingWorks, an internationally acclaimed agency dedicated to suicide prevention and intervention.

What makes ASIST different?

CONNECTING: Connecting gives individuals an opportunity to clarify and examine their own attitudes toward people
exhibiting suicidal behavior. Through connecting, individuals can overcome attitudinal barriers that may hinder their
learning and their helpfulness.

UNDERSTANDING: Viewing a suicidal situation through the eyes of an at-risk person helps individuals understand how to take care of that person's concerns. Participants practice how to apply their understanding in simulated scenarios involving suicide risk.

ASISTING: Participants learn the Suicide Intervention Model as a framework for understanding the process of suicide intervention. They also intensively apply suicide first aid, including connecting, understanding, and assisting skills in intensive practice situations.

For information on when the next training is email us.


What is QPR

QPR stands for Question, Persuade and Refer – three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide. QPR is a one- to four-hour suicide prevention training workshop and an emergency response system designed to save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors. This training is suitable for a number of people and organizations including mental health professionals, schools, religious groups, military personnel, parents, nurses, physicians, first responders, community volunteers or anyone in a position of trust.

Why should my organization use QPR?

Experts agree suicide is a preventable form of death, and that lives can be saved with the implementation of comprehensive, evidence-based suicide risk reduction strategies. Participants first learn about the nature of suicidal communications, what forms these communications take and how they may be used as a stimulus for a QPR intervention. They are introduced to the research support for QPR to prevent suicide. Enhanced skills training across the spectrum of service organizations, business and industry staff and other community members can dramatically lower the risk that a community member will attempt or will die by suicide.

What will QPR participants learn?

To identify and refer individuals at-risk for suicide To serve as crisis intervention volunteers within family, social and work groups in which they participate To use a “best practices” method of suicide risk assessment and management To understand the causes of suicide, how intervention and treatment saves lives, and how to enhance protective factors that help prevent suicide among their acquaintances

What is the cost of QPR training?

The 1-2 hour training is provided free of charge.

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