In addition to PsychArmor, there are other trainings that may be useful to first responders, crisis workers, healthcare providers, social workers, and family and community members. A list of training opportunities follows, with a brief description of each type of training.
- Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8-hour training that teaches trainees how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders that they see in the community. Mental Health First Aid – Veterans is a population-focused 8-hour training, which helps trainees understand some of the cultural and risk factors unique to Veterans. A one-page infographic can be downloaded here. Locations of trainings are available through the website.
- QPR (Question-Persuade-Refer) are the three steps in this suicide prevention intervention. QPR training is available at the individual level as well as for targeted professionals (e.g., first responders, medical staff, clergy, veteran care providers, elder caregivers) for a nominal fee.
- Living Works offers suicide prevention trainings that vary from an hour online to a two-day workshop for ASIST, or Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training. At their website, potential trainees can find trainings for a nominal fee.
- For those who are interested in enrolling in the CALM (Counseling on Access to Lethal Means) training, it is offered for free through the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. You can enroll in the course, and download the handouts.