Building a Community:
Resources for Professionals
Mental Healthcare Provider Training and Presentations:
C.A.L.M. for Providers: Environmental safety measures are key in creating safety from suicide. In this session, mental health providers will increase their skills in assessing for access to lethal means and joining with clients in how to plan for safety. Particular attention is paid to navigating firearm safety.
Suicide Risk Assessment:
The Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (CSSRS) is an evidence-based suicide screening tool that is considered the “gold standard” in risk assessment. This training session focuses on building competence and confidence in assessing for suicide risk. The training provides participants with the structure, scoring of the CSSRS, practice utilizing the scale, and examples of next steps for suicide risk management. There is no mental health provider requirement to use the CSSRS. It is a tool for the community at large.
Managing Suicide Risk in Substance Use Treatment Settings:
This presentation was adapted from SAMHSA’s Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP 50). It is geared toward substance use treatment professionals. Participants will learn about the link between substance use and suicide, gain insight into their personal attitudes about suicide, and learn warning signs for suicide risk.
ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training):
This is a two-day workshop for learning suicide intervention skills. The focus is on learning to identify suicide risks and developing a plan with the person at risk to stay safe for now. Participants are taught to identify possible warning signs for suicide including changes in behavior such as isolation, withdrawal, discussing suicide, increase in substance use, aggressiveness, and feelings of hopelessness or pain. Participants are then taught to identify a plan that will keep the person safe which often includes helping the person seek longer-term support or treatment.
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Kansas Prevention Coalition:
Suicide prevention work in Kansas has long been undertaken by local coalitions with intimate knowledge of their communities and resources. Aiming to elevate the work of local coalitions and create equity in resources, information and supports, the Kansas Suicide Prevention Coalition provides a space for individuals, nonprofits, state and federal agencies, corporations, and local coalitions to come together to create connections and gain access to emerging research and best practices in suicide prevention.
Kansas Suicide Prevention Coalition:
The Kansas Suicide Prevention Coalition is the realization of years of diligence and advocacy by countless advocates across the state. Aiming to create equity in resources, information and supports, the KSPC provides a space to create connections and gain access to emerging research and best practices in suicide prevention.
Resources for Those Seeking Help
National Domestic Violence Hotline:
Text “LOVEIS” to 1-866-331-9474
Click “Trevor Chat”
Text “START” to 678-678
Monday-Thursday 11:00am-9:00pm ET
Friday 11:00am-5:00pm ET
Pilot hours Monday-Thursday 3:00-6:00pm ET
Framework for successful messaging from the National Action Alliance
Kansas Suicide Prevention Plan 2021-2025
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