Suicide prevention is everyone’s business and anyone can participate in helping to both recognize the warning signs and prevent suicide from happening. Here, Dr. Bob Baugher provides a training on Suicide Intervention and Prevention by walking the audience through learning about early warning sings and effective methods of suicide intervention. To view the training, please click here.
Dr. Baugher’s presentation focuses on coping with grief and loss after the suicide of a loved one, and the emotional thought patterns of people contemplating suicide. The programs are presented by Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, with funding from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. You can access the online training here.
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.
What You Learn:
The course trains participants to help people who may be experiencing a mental health problem or crisis. You learn:
* Risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems.
* Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and addiction disorders.
* A 5-step action plan to help someone developing a mental health problem or in crisis.
* Where to turn for help — professional, peer, and self-help resources.
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.
The Mayo Clinic created a video where teens talk about the warning signs of teens considering suicide. They encourage the audience to communicate with the teen they’re worried about, and to provide safety and support. Learn what to say to a teen who may be suicidal and ways to keep them safe. Watch the video now or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org for more information. Call the Alaska Careline at 877-266-4357 for free, confidential support, and/or prevention and crisis resources for yourself or your loved one.