FirstLink plans virtual in-person suicide prevention trainings – InForum

FARGO — The FirstLink mental health helpline is expected to offer a combination of in-person and online training sessions in the coming days and weeks that aim to prevent suicide.

A workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on January 26 and 27 in Fargo.

The event is an in-person event, although group size is limited to allow for social distancing.

The workshop, titled Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, is designed to help participants:

  • Dispelling myths about suicide.
  • Identify people at risk of having suicidal thoughts.
  • Reduce barriers that interfere with the ability to be direct and comfortable with suicidal situations.
  • Conduct an assessment and develop a security plan.
  • Engage in the creation of resource networks for those at risk.

The cost to attend the workshop is $200 per person.
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the workshop or to register, go to

Participants must be present on both days.

A one-hour live webinar on suicide risk assessment is scheduled from 10-11 a.m. on Thursday, February 3.

The training is designed to improve knowledge of suicide risk factors and the assessment of acute suicide risk using the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale.

Participants will learn about the screening tool, options for coping with suicide risk, such as collaborative safety planning, and resources for those at risk of suicide.

The training is offered free of charge thanks to the support of Re-think Mental Health.

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An online self-paced Living Works Start program is also available.

In 90 minutes, Living Works Start teaches trainees to recognize when someone is thinking about suicide and connect them to help and support.

The training is offered by FirstLink and NDSU Extension and supported by the ND Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Center grant.

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