Welcome to SPRC's online training site. Our mission is to train service providers, educators, health professionals, public officials, and community-based coalitions to develop effective suicide prevention programs and policies.
SPRC's online courses are listed below. All courses are available free of charge and can be completed at your own pace.
For information on CE Credits for our Online Trainings, please visit our CE Credits page
Many public health professionals are called on to develop or expand a suicide prevention program at the state or local level. They want their program to have maximum impact, even with minimal resources. A Strategic Planning Approach to Suicide Prevention can help identify activities that will be effective in addressing the problem of suicide in a community and can prioritize efforts among the various possibilities. This course uses three fictional task forces to illustrate the approach “in action.”
Data can contribute to the understanding required to effectively prevent suicide in a state or community. This course will 1) describe the strengths and limitations of data on suicide, suicide attempts, and suicidal ideation; 2) explain some concepts essential to selecting and interpreting data from key sources; 3) describe eight readily-accessible sources of data and how to use them, and 4) explain how to organize these data to inform suicide prevention efforts and educate colleagues, partners, policymakers, and the community.
Access to lethal means can determine whether a person who is suicidal dies or survives. This course is designed for providers who counsel people at risk for suicide, primarily mental health and medical providers, but also clergy and social service providers. The first module explains why reducing access to lethal methods of self-harm saves lives. The second module teaches practical skills on when and how to ask suicidal clients about their access to lethal means and how to work with them and their families to reduce their access.
One of the most commonly used suicide prevention activities is gatekeeper training. This course will help participants: understand the role of gatekeeper training; decide if a gatekeeper training program is right for their school, organization, or community; involve stakeholders; choose, implement, and evaluate a gatekeeper training program; and provide ongoing support to sustain the program.
This course provides an in-depth examination of the research evidence underpinning the claim that suicide is a preventable public health problem. It provides an introduction to the public health approach to prevention, examines the evidence for a "lethal means reduction" approach to preventing youth suicide, and provides an overview of comprehensive community strategies.
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) is supported by a grant (1 U79 SM059945) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). No official endorsement by SAMHSA or DHHS for the information on this web site is intended or should be inferred.