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A Strategic Planning Approach to Suicide Prevention

Course Description

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 and assist with prioritizing efforts among the different options. This course uses three fictional task forces to illustrate a strategic planning approach.

This course teaches you to:

  • Describe the suicide problem and its context.
  • Choose long-term goals for a suicide prevention program.
  • Identify key risk and protective factors on which to focus.
  • Select or develop interventions that will decrease or increase these risk and protective factors.
  • Plan an evaluation.
  • Implement the interventions and the evaluation.
  • Take further action based upon the evaluation and changes in the context in which the prevention program is implemented.

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, communities, organizations, schools, or workplaces.

Course Length

This course can be completed in less than three and a half 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 complete the entire course, pass the post-test (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.

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