Available Trainings

Questions? Email Val Lepoutre, Manager of Peer Initiatives, Education, & Training: vlepoutre@namict.org

In addition to our NAMI Signature programs, NAMI Connecticut provides training and consultation to professionals – including peer specialists – and community members to prevent and respond effectively to suicide across the lifespan. Our programs can be customized to meet the needs of a community or organization and our training includes activities, interactive case scenarios, facilitated discussion, videos, and resources. Please contact us for more information: vlepoutre@namict.org

Suicide Prevention training for Recovery Support Specialists and Recovery Coaches:

This 2 hour training was designed and developed by the lived experience committee of the Connecticut Suicide Advisory Board in collaboration with the CT  Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. While this training program includes the Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) core training slides and elements from other evidence-based trainings, we take a deeper dive with a focus more on understanding suicide, choices/options, and embracing connection.

Training Highlights:

  • Conversations about trauma, mental health challenges, addiction, and other key factors connected to suicide
  • Attitudes towards suicide and death
  • Making meaning of suicide and living life with purpose
  • The role of peer support and other best practices on supporting someone in a suicide-related crisis
  • Navigating a crisis with traditional services and alternative approaches to suicide

Leadership opportunities/roles and responsibilities to collaborate by building a better community of care

Bridging the Gap: An Intro to Suicide from a Peer Perspective (Online Training)

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety.

*This training is eligible for 15 Continuing Education Units*

Over the course of their two-day workshop, ASIST participants learn to:

  • Understand the ways that personal and societal attitudes affect views on suicide and interventions
  • Provide guidance and suicide first aid to a person with thoughts in ways that meet their individual safety needs
  • Identify the key elements of an effective suicide safety plan and the actions required to implement it
  • Appreciate the value of improving and integrating suicide prevention resources in the community at large
  • Recognize other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care

Who Should Attend?

Anyone can experience thoughts of suicide. By giving participants the skills to help friends, family members, colleagues, and clients want to stay alive, ASIST supports suicide-safer communities. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, no formal training is needed to attend the workshop. Anyone 15 or older can learn and use the model.

Contact us for more information about ASIST or to set up a training: vlepoutre@namict.org

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to support someone in distress.

Just as people trained in CPR help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade*, and refer someone to help**.

Gatekeepers can be anyone, but include parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, office supervisors, coaches, police officers, advisors, caseworkers, firefighters, and anyone willing to learn how to support someone who might be in a suicide-related crisis.

QPR-trained gatekeepers learn to:

  • Recognize the signs of suicide
  • Know how to offer hope
  • Know how to get help* and transform a life

*NAMI Connecticut does not support any form of coercive or forced treatment, involuntary commitment, and/or practices.

**Help is considered anything that is supportive for the person in crisis.

Contact us for more information about QPR or to set up a training: vlepoutre@namict.org


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