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Training Champions for Youth Suicide Prevention

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For years, Screening for Mental Health has been focused on determining how our evidence-based suicide prevention programs could reach a higher volume of students, parents, and youth serving staff. Last year, our efforts culminated in the creation of the Signs of Suicide Certified Training Institute (CTI). This two-day course is designed to prepare participants to guide school staff and individuals from other youth-serving organizations to not only identify signs and symptoms of depression and suicide in youth but to also engage young people in their prevention efforts by implementing the SOS Program. It was met with resounding success.

In our first full year we provided CTI trainings to school districts, organizations, and state agencies across 7 different states. By the end of 2016 we will have 170 Certified SOS Trainers. Because of these trainers, we are able to magnify our impact, therefore exposing more young people to evidence-based universal suicide prevention, and training more adults on how to identify signs and symptoms of youth suicide. We provide the resources and support for Certified SOS Trainers to train others to implement the SOS Program with youth. If 100 of our trainers provide one trusted adult training and one implementer training, we have the potential to:

  • Educate 8,000 more adults to identify warning signs and connect struggling youth to treatment
  • Train 6,000 more adults to implement the SOS Program in their communities
  • Provide 38,000 more youth with evidence-based suicide prevention education and screening

If you’re interested in hosting a CTI in your state or community, contact our Youth Programs team at Youth@MentalHealthScreening.org. For more information, visit https://mentalhealthscreening.org/programs/sos-signs-of-suicide/training.


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