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Suicide Prevention Program September Update

Posted By Greg Marley, NAMI Maine, Monday, September 11, 2017

The Suicide Prevention Division at NAMI Maine is finalizing our fall range of trainings in suicide prevention and management.  September is Suicide Prevention Month and prevention relies on everyone being better prepared to help someone at risk.  Trainings being offered this fall include:

  • Gatekeeper Training:  The Gatekeeper training is the foundation of the Maine Suicide Prevention Program (MSPP) and is a pre-requisite to the MSPP school-based curriculum training and the Training of Trainers.  It provides a deep overview of suicide in Maine and the US, and teaches basic intervention and resources for response. Completion of this training fulfills the requirements of LD 609 as an option for school staff. 
  • Advanced Gatekeeper Training (schools):  This is a full-day training for adults working in schools. Completion of this training fulfills the requirements of LD 609 as an option for school staff. School staff working in roles where they have used their Gatekeeper skills will find the additional areas of learning will deepen their understanding of suicide risk assessment, self injury and increase their resources for responding to that risk.
  • Suicide Assessment for Clinicians: This workshop builds knowledge about suicide trends in high risk populations across the lifespan and takes participants through the steps of a suicide risk assessment interview and a systemic response to risk.  This training is designed for those working in mental health and primary care clinical roles who need more in-depth resources and information in order to assess and manage suicide risk. 
  • Train the Trainer Training:  A half-day program available to train Gatekeepers to facilitate a 1-2 hour suicide prevention awareness session for co-workers, school staff, and/or other community members.  Materials are provided for preparing, planning, and conducting the sessions (completed Gatekeeper is required). 
  • Suicide Prevention Curriculum Training for Teachers: 
  • Lifelines Teachers Training:  A full-day program for health educators and others who will implement Lifelines Student Suicide Prevention lessons in their high school health curriculum. These lessons are aligned with Maine Learning Results Health Education Standards.
  • Transition Lessons Teacher Training:  The Transition Program is designed to help schools reinforce concepts presented in the Lifelines student lessons and to better prepare high school seniors for life after high school.
  • Middle School Lessons Teacher Training:  A full-day program for health educators and others who will implement Middle School Suicide Prevention Lessons in the school health curriculum. These lessons are aligned with Maine Learning Results Health Education Standards.

To register for any trainings listed above or to find valuable resources visit the following website:  http://www.namimaine.org/?page=SPMain.

We also want to take a moment to welcome Nicole Foster to NAMI-Maine.  She has taken the role of the Suicide Prevention Coordinator.  Please contact her with any questions regarding the above trainings or other matters related to the Suicide Prevention Division at nicole@namimaine.org.

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