Office of Suicide Prevention Training Programs
If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call:
Notice: The Office of Suicide Prevention website is informational and not intended as a crisis response or hotline. Local crisis hotline numbers can be found in the front of your local phone book or call 911.
To expand the network of informed support for anyone at risk for suicide.
These programs are not appropriate for groups or communities that have recently been seriously affected by suicide.
To Obtain a Course Schedule or to Schedule Training
In Northern Nevada, contact Janett Massolo at 775-684-2238.
In Southern Nevada, contact Richard Egan at 702-486-8225.
Nevada Gatekeeper Training
The Nevada Gatekeeper Training Program focuses on four specific populations: Lifespan (general), Youth, Elderly and Native American. The program can be used in special training environments such as Law Enforcement and Foster Care Agencies. These courses are designed for various durations: 1 1/2 hours, 2 hours, 4 hours and 8 hours (Train the Trainer). The objectives of this training are to increase one’s knowledge, understanding of suicide, recognize warning signs, identify risk and protective factors, increase willingness and ability to intervene with a person at risk for suicide. This training will provide insight for interacting with survivors and identify referral resources.
safeTALK—Suicide Alertness for Everyone
safeTALK is a community-oriented suicide alertness workshop that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. This training allows for up to 40 participants and lasts 3-4 hours. After completion of safeTALK, participants will have the ability to recognize a person at risk for suicide and know how to connect them with a person trained in suicide first aid intervention or similar resources to keep the individual safe.
ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
ASIST is a two-day intensive, interactive and practice-dominated course designed to help caregivers recognize and review risk, and intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. It is by far the most widely used, acclaimed and researched suicide intervention training workshop in the world.
Mental Health First Aid
Just as CPR teaches how to assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid teaches how to assist an adult experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In this 8 hour course, participants learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. The 8-hour training provides the skills needed to reach out and provide initial help and support to an adult who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.
Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)
Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8 hour training primarily designed for adults who interact with adolescents on a regular basis. The course teaches how to help young people experiencing mental health challenges or crises. It reviews the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents ages 12-18 and emphasizes the importance of early intervention. This course may be appropriate for older youth (16 and older) to encourage youth peer to peer interaction. Anyone who regularly works or interacts with youth-teachers, athletic coaches, mentors, juvenile justice professionals may find the course content useful.