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Medical and mental health staff sit with us at some of the most difficult moments of our lives. They have a unique opportunity to positively influence a person in crisis.

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Learn more about reducing access to things people can use for suicide, like firearms or medicines.

Free training on the Columbia Protocol, a tool for assessing someone’s risk for suicide. You can learn how healthcare providers can use the Columbia Protocol here.

Training is available for Clinicians

Youth Mental Health Webinars: Rhode Island Student Assistance Services (RISAS) has free webinars on a wide variety of youth mental health topics recorded on their website. Topics include everything from supporting your LGBTQIA child, to life after the pandemic, to recognizing substance abuse in young people, to understanding social media and young people.

Training in QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer), an evidence-based training about the warning signs of suicide and how to refer a youth for help, is available to all school districts and community organizations. For more information or to request training for your school or organization, contact Program Manager Leigh A. Reposa at Lreposa@risas.org or 401-952-7260.

The Samaritans of Rhode Island offer professional development and school-based training.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers this suicide prevention training available for general audiences with specific modules for seniors, LGBTQ people, and workplace settings.

Now Matters Now, a skills-based site grounded in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and supported by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, offers free training for those with suicidal thoughts, substance or mental health problems or their family members and friends. It also offers courses for healthcare, crisis, peer support service and school counseling providers.

The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence offers a range of training broadly related to preventing and responding to domestic and gender-based violence, including such topics as Domestic Violence 101, cybersecurity and domestic violence, bystander intervention, and more.

RIPRC.org is an online prevention resource and is the official website of the Rhode Island Prevention Resource Center. The RIPRC lists many mental health and substance abuse prevention training opportunities on their calendar.

The Substance Use and Mental Health Leadership Council of Rhode Island promotes a coordinated system of high quality, comprehensive, community-based, mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment services. The SUMHLC offers training opportunities on a wide variety of topics for people working towards/renewing a mental health, substance abuse, social work, or nursing certification or license.