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Locating and Understanding Data for Suicide Prevention

Course Description

Effective suicide prevention requires an understanding of the context in which suicide, suicide attempts, and suicidal ideation take place. This online course presents a number of readily accessible sources of data to help you understand the suicide problem in your state or community. It also introduces some key concepts that can assist you with determining which data are most useful for informing your prevention activities.

In this online course you will:

  • Learn to define and describe the strengths and limitations of the data on suicides, suicide attempts, and suicidal ideation
  • Learn to define a number of key concepts that are essential to selecting and interpreting data from the key sources of data on suicides, suicide attempts, and suicidal ideation
  • Explore eight readily accessible sources of data, find out what is available from each source, and Learn how to navigate one of these online databases
  • Learn how to organize the data obtained from these sources in a format that will help you use this information to inform prevention efforts and educate colleagues, partners, policymakers, and the community

Register or Log-in to the Course

Register or log-in at https://training.sprc.org/login/index.php to access this course.


This course is open to anyone. We highly recommend it for any professional responsible for suicide prevention in states or communities.

Course Length

This course can be completed in approximately two hours. You do not have to complete the course in one session. You can exit the course at any time and return later to the place where you left off.

To receive a certificate of completion you must complete the entire course, pass the post-test (passing score is 80% or higher), and answer the feedback survey questions.

CE Credits

As of September 28, 2018, we will no longer be able to provide continuing education credits for any of our online courses. If you would like continuing education credit for a course, you will need to do the following no later than September 28, 2018:

  1. Complete the course
  2. Pass the posttest
  3. Complete the feedback survey
  4. Print your certificate of completion 
After September 28, 2018, course completion certificates will no longer include continuing education credit verification.

You will be eligible to receive 2 Category I entry- or advanced-level Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH) in health education from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.