Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training

NAMI Maine and The Maine Suicide Prevention Program have developed a Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper training specifically for administrative-level staff and would like to invite you to attend. 

As administrators, it is important that your level of knowledge around the issue of suicide be comprehensive in order to support staff as they take on this very important issue. This training will prepare you to understand suicide as it applies to school-age youth.  It will also focus on suicide protocols and how important it is for administrators to support their staff in the development of these effective guidelines.

Date: October 13th 8:30-4:30  (Lunch provided)

Free to attend

Location: Educare in Waterville

To Register:    http://www.namimaine.org/events/Sessions.aspx?id=679373

Last year we tested this administrator gatekeeper for a local district that has recently lost a student to suicide and here’s what one attendee had to say about it:

“Through this training our leadership team identified biases, incongruent beliefs about suicide, and barriers in communication. What stood out for me is that when students know schools have procedures in place to help, we add a protective measure and reduce risk of suicide.  Our district will be using a self-assessment tool and rewriting protocols not just for our own buildings, but to improve communication with local agencies, resources, and other districts within our county. To have a working protocol that allows sharing of resources in times when our communities are affected by suicide can make us all stronger.”

See below for specific training objectives:

  • Identify key beliefs, attitudes and common language considerations regarding suicide in the community
  • Statistics
  • Differentiate between self-injury and suicide
  • Identify warning signs and risk factors for suicide
  • High risk populations
  • Understand protocols from an administrator’s perspective and their needs in a school system
  • Define needs of suicide survivors
  • Give examples of key community and state resources   

You can obtain 7 CEHs for attending this training. 

Questions? Contact Heather Carter, Training Facilitator, with any questions:

Phone: 425-583-2587 or email:  hcarter@namimaine.org