Frequently Asked Questions

This series is best suited for school support professionals such as school counselors, school psychologists, and school nurses; however, administrators should also have a working knowledge of suicide prevention systems in their school, and would benefit directly from several skills taught in this series. While many of these trainings focus on screening for and treating suicidality, which is outside of the typical responsibilities of teachers, trainings such as recognition of risk factors may be helpful.

You can start the series by entering the first training and then clicking through each page until you reach the link to the next lesson. Since each training is linked to the next in the series, you will be able to complete all of the trainings in the series this way. The first training can be accessed by clicking here.

No. You can complete the trainings in any order you like. The trainings are scaffolded to follow a progression from readiness to prevention to screening to intervention, postvention, and self-care, but if after looking through the titles of the trainings you feel that there is a better way for you to organize your learning, you are welcome to do so. Some trainings have recommended prerequisites- you’ll see this when you click a training title in the database- which suggest skills that might be helpful to have before you enter the new training, but you are not required to complete those trainings first if you feel confident in those skills.

No. Some people might find that they are already well-versed in some content areas and don’t need more training. Some people might find certain trainings to be triggering, as they discuss aspects of suicidal ideation or outcomes. For whatever reason, you do not need to take every training in this series, though we recommend completing as many as possible in order to understand the complete scope of the program.

Each training should take between 10-15 minutes to complete, making the entire program about 7-10 hours long. If this seems daunting, know that you are welcome to break up these trainings however you see fit. One training per day for a month and a half? One training per week for the whole school year? One full day of suicide prevention trainings? It’s up to you.

No. This training series does not require an account. However, this means your progress will not be saved. If you have to leave in the middle of one of the mini-trainings, you may need to start over from the beginning, so make sure you can allocate 10-15 minutes to each training before you begin. You will be asked to complete a very brief pre- and post-survey in each training to help us improve materials.

A tracking sheet can be downloaded here. The tracking sheet can also be found in the first training in the series, titled Readiness to Prevent Student Suicide.

At this time, we are not offering CEUs to individuals who complete this series. However, you are welcome to share your completion of these trainings with others in your school or district to let them know that you now have specific training and skills in suicide prevention.

An accessible version of each training can be downloaded by on the training you wish to access in the suicide prevention training database and then downloading the accessible PDF version of the training.