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.
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 browse and register for upcoming scheduled OSP classes, please click on the below links.
For Northern Nevada, click here.
For Southern Nevada, click here.
Office of Suicide Prevention Trainings
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 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 a 6.5 or 8-hour training designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including ADHD), and eating disorders.
Suicide Prevention 101
The Suicide Prevention 101 Training Program , formerly known as Gatekeeper, 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: 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.
We offer in-person and virtual (Zoom) versions of the Suicide Prevention 101 class.
Suicide Prevention 101 Training For Trainers (T4T) for Family Support Agencies (FSA)
Suicide Prevention 101 T4T for FSAs (formerly known as 'Gatekeeper') is a 4 hour in-person training to certify trainers in delivering 2 hour SP101 classes to FSA staff and/or foster parents, utilizing foster care data. This training increases one's knowledge and understanding of suicide, to recognize warning signs, to identify risk and protective factors, and to increase willingness and ability to intervene with a person at risk for suicide. It will provide insight for interacting with foster youth and identify referral resources.
If you are interested in finding out a schedule for this class and/or would like to participate, please contact Richard Egan at email@example.com, or 775-486-8225.
To host OSP trainings for your Agency, Non-Profit or Group
In Northern Nevada, contact Misty Vaughan Allen at 775-684-2236, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Southern Nevada, contact Richard Egan at 702-486-8225, or by email at email@example.com.
Continuing Education Credits
The following boards/agencies have approved specific OSP trainings:
• NV Department of Education
• NV Peace Officers Standards and Training
• NV Board of Pharmacy
• NV Physical Therapy Board
• NV Board of Psychological Examiners
• NV Board of Examiners for Social Workers
• Southern NV Health District
Not all trainings have been approved by all the boards listed above.
Please contact the trainer or your licensing board to confirm which training provides CE credit toward your license. Your board might accept trainings approved by one of the other boards listed above.
Your board might also be able to provide a list of other education providers.