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Course Description

Effective suicide prevention requires an understanding of the context in which suicide, suicide attempts, and suicidal ideation take place. This 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 help you determine 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 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 to define a number of key concepts that are essential to selecting and interpreting the data.


This course is open to anyone. We highly recommend it for any professional involved in state or community-level suicide prevention.

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.

Certificate of Completion

To receive a certificate of completion, you must do the following online:  complete each lesson, pass the posttest (passing score is 80% or higher), and answer the feedback survey questions. 

SPRC can provide only one certificate of completion per course for each participant. We do not offer continuing education credits for any of our courses.

Self enrollment (Student)