SPRC has released an updated and redesigned version of their most popular online course, Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM). This free, self-paced course is designed to help mental health professionals counsel people at risk for suicide—and their families—on reducing access to lethal means. It features a variety of real-world case studies, as well as a mobile-friendly design for easy, on-the-go access!
The new version of the course was developed in collaboration with Catherine Barber, director of the Means Matter Campaign at the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, and Elaine Frank, a co-developer of the original in-person CALM workshop. While it is primarily designed for mental health professionals, others who work with people at risk for suicide, such as social service professionals and health care providers, may also benefit from taking this course.
Information sharing between education, juvenile justice, mental health and other youth-serving agencies has been identified as a way for agencies to effectively assist meeting the needs of students involved in multiple systems, and information sharing is essential in regard to school safety.
There continues to be confusion about information sharing, in particular, what information can be shared and when. In January 2018, Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman issued a formal opinion with guidance on information sharing related to the family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) —see Colorado Attorney General Formal Opinion No. 18-01).
Attorney General Coffman has also issued a video on the subject after having a conversation with staff from several schools and representatives of community organizations. The video is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEnphX0KeDM.
New website from the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
The new user-friendly website is designed to better feature Action Alliance resources, convey the Action Alliance’s vision of hope, and highlight the many public and private sector partners committed to advancing: the National Strategy, the Action Alliance's priorities, and the nation's goal of reducing the annual suicide rate 20 percent by 2025.
Resources for Faith Communities
Your faith community can be an important source of hope and help. Faith communities are a natural setting for suicide prevention. Spiritual beliefs and practices tend to help people experience greater hope and meaning in their lives. Faith communities can also provide opportunities for developing positive relationships with others and can be an important source of support during difficult times.
The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) Faith Communities Task Force has developed a new online presence for its Faith.Hope.Life. campaign. The website offers suicide prevention resources for every faith community--regardless of creed--including:
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) also has a wide range of faith community resources available. Among the recommendations of the SPRC are how faith communities can take action:
The best way to prevent suicide is to use a comprehensive approach that includes these key components:
- Promote emotional well-being and connectedness among members of your faith community.
- Identify people who may be at risk for suicide and assist them in getting help.
- Be prepared to respond to a suicide death and provide support to the survivors