Comprehensive Blueprint for Workplace Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention Training

Businesses can train their staff how to identify people who may be at risk for suicide and how to link them to care. Usually, organizations choose to train HR staff, supervisors or managers, or peer supporters, but anyone in an organization can potentially be trained in what is known as “suicide prevention gatekeeper training.” Suicide Prevention Gatekeepers are people who are likely to observe changes in mood and behavior in others and can link those at-risk for suicide to help.  Sometimes managers can play this role, but sometimes an administrative assistant or trusted colleague might be just as effective.  By increasing the number of people who are trained in “gatekeeper training,” a company will increase the likelihood that people at-risk for suicide will be identified earlier in the progression of suicidal thoughts and behavior, and that the possibility of a catastrophic outcome will be reduced.

Most suicide prevention training programs consist of a workshop (either in-person or online) and appropriate accompanying educational materials. The organizations below provide various suicide prevention training programs, including prevention and postvention (approaches designed to assist those affected by a suicide or suicide attempt to decrease negative responses and increase coping), screening tools, gatekeeper training and online educational information. These resources will help companies create a work environment where employees and managers are more knowledgeable about suicide, more prepared to help colleagues, and more prepared to act.

Name of Organization or Program


Type of Organization


Format (print, webinar, blog, etc.)



Private, for profit coorporation

Workshop for caregivers who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide

In person training

$32.55 per kit (plus S&H) plus trainer’s fees.

Clinical tools, Inc

Physician-run business

Online education for health professionals

Online education and training

A fee is required to take the courses. Contact organization to discuss further details.


Private Company

"Question, Refer and Persuade" - training for anyone to help save lives from suicide. Provides online trainings and information on a gatekeeper trainer near you

Online or in-person gatekeeper training, bookstore

Many QPR trainers donate their services – check with the QPR Institute about trainers in your area


Online costs $13.95-$29.95 per person


Private, for profit coorporation

Three hour training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources

In person training

$4.00 per kit (plus S&H) plus trainer’s fees.

Working Minds


Website with workplace-screening tool, train-the-trainer workshop and training toolkit.


This train-the-trainer workshop is 3 ½ hours and is designed to build capacity within a workplace, so that staff internal to the organization can deliver this training with cultural relevance.

Toolkit, keynote presentations, training workshops

Train-the-trainer workshops cost $250 per person plus travel costs of the master trainer.


Toolkits cost $99 each.


Contact organization for further details.

Yellow Ribbon

Non profit charity organization

Communit- based program use for prevention and postvention

Workshops and trainings

Be-A-Link! = $500 per training session plus materials; Ask 4 Help = $500 per session plus YR Cards & Youth Brochure

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