Hope Network has made a commitment to improving the care we provide the people we serve who are struggling with suicide. The most vital difference we can make through our work is to save lives. We hope to make suicide a “never event.” To some this may sound audacious, but, simply put, one life lost to suicide is one too many.
This initiative will enhance services across the entire organization by implementing the Zero Suicide Framework displayed below. This framework was developed by The Education Development Center’s Zero Suicide Institute. The Zero Suicide Initiative focuses on suicide reduction through professional development; consistent use of standardized screening tools; referrals to appropriate levels of care; and implement evidence-based treatment protocols to improve care by health systems across the state. We believe this approach will improve the care and safety of the individuals we serve, thereby making our organization a safer, and, hopefully, more fulfilling place to work.
Suicide Prevention Trainings
The work of caring for individuals at risk for suicide is challenging. Suicidal behavior is a major cause of death and disability in the United States. Over 30,000 people die by suicide each year, the equivalent of one major airliner filled with passengers crashing every two days. Hundreds of thousands of people are treated in hospital emergency departments each year following a suicide attempt.
A significant proportion of people who die by suicide have had recent contact with a mental health professional. However, many providers are inadequately trained to assess, treat, and manage suicidal patients or clients.
We want to assure you that Hope Network is committed to making sure our communities have the skills and confidence to keep people safe and live a life with hope. Our training workshops and courses educate healthcare professionals about the importance and delivery of safer suicide care in supportive and interactive learning environments. We offer both in-person and online trainings.
Click Below to Download a Suicide Warning Signs and Questions Resource Card:
Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention
QPR is a one-hour educational program designed to teach lay and professional “gatekeepers” the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond.
Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR)
AMSR is a series of one-day or half-day trainings designed for health and behavioral health professionals interested in the latest intersectional suicide care practices. AMSR-trained professionals report increased willingness, confidence, and clarity in working with people at risk of suicide.
- Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk: Core Competencies for Health and Behavioral Health Professionals Working in Outpatient Settings (AMSR–Outpatient) is a 6.5-hour training for behavioral health clinicians.
- Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk for Direct Care Staff Working in Outpatient Health and Behavioral Health Care Settingsis a 3.5-hour training for staff who provide direct care to clients and support the clinicians managing client treatment.
- Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk for Substance Use Disorder Treatment Professionals is a 6.5-hour training for providers who offer any level of substance use treatment to clients at risk for suicide.
Our QPR and AMSR certified trainers are also available to train on-site at various agencies, universities, etc. If this is an option you are interested in please contact QPR@hopenetwork.org