Suicide prevention trainings and courses aim to educate people about warning signs, risk factors, and intervention techniques. They are designed for a variety of audiences including parents, caregivers, health professionals, educators, community members, and more.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers a number of virtual events related to suicide prevention, education, and awareness.

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QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. QPR is a two-hour educational program designed to teach professionals as well as lay “gatekeepers” the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond.  The process follows three steps: (1) Question the person’s desire or intent regarding suicide, (2) Persuade the person to seek and accept help, and (3) Refer the person to appropriate resources.

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Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health conditions and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.

To schedule a MHFA training in Allegheny County, contact B. James McDowell, Training & Technical Assistance Coordinator for the Allegheny County Department of Human Services by phone at (412) 350-4288 or by email at



CAMS stands for the “Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality” (CAMS). CAMS is a clinical philosophy of care and a therapeutic framework for suicide-specific assessment and treatment of a patient’s suicidal risk.

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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day intensive, interactive, and practice-dominated course designed to help caregivers recognize risk and learn how to intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. The workshop is for all caregivers including professionals, paraprofessionals, and lay people. The workshop is designed to help caregivers become more willing, ready, and able to help persons at risk.

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Prevent Suicide PA

Prevent Suicide PA gathers trainings from multiple different sources that provide education surrounding suicide prevention.

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Suicide Prevention Resource Center

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) is the only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the implementation of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. SPRC is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). SPRC provides in-person trainings, online courses, webinars, and other virtual learning experiences.

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Additional Trainings

Community Course: Making it Matter with Micro-Interventions
Building Resilient Communities with DBT Skills and Micro-Interventions

Zero Suicide Trainings and Courses

Zero Suicide Alliance Trainings

To find more events related to suicide prevention, education, and awareness, visit our Events Calendar.

Everyone Plays a Role

When it comes to suicide prevention and awareness we can all make a difference.

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