The mission of our community gatekeeper trainings is to reduce suicide attempts and suicide completions by training and educating community gatekeepers. Gatekeepers may range from lay citizens to mental health professionals who may be in a position to be among the first to detect signs of suicidality. Trained gatekeepers are able to identify persons at risk of suicide and respond appropriately according to their role.
Our Community Gatekeeper trainings cover the basics of suicide assessment and intervention; however, our workshops are routinely tailored to meet specific needs of the audience and the communities with which they are engaging. Our Community Education Program recognizes that, due to the unique characteristics of different age, racial, and ethnic groups, and other historically underserved populations, there are significant disparities in access, availability, and quality of mental health care. There are also key differences in belief systems about suicide and mental health that may affect help-seeking behaviors. The following are a list of community gatekeeper workshops tailored to specific audiences:
- Community Gatekeeper Training for General Public
- Youth Suicide Assessment for Mental Health Professionals
- Older Adults and Suicide Prevention
- Faith Community and Suicide Prevention
- Law Enforcement and Suicide Prevention
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,Transgender Older Adults and Suicide Prevention (learn more about this training on Suicide Prevention Best Practice Registry)