Suicide Intervention Support Classes

Sep 6, 2019

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Do you want to do something proactive to celebrate World Suicide Prevention Day and Suicide Prevention Awareness Week in September? Get Trained to Help offers Mental Health First Aid and Suicide Prevention classes.

Any adult, 18 or older, in the metro Tri-Counties can participate. Space is limited. To register, visit and click on “find a class” in the top menu; click on the “register” button and complete the form.

ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention
Skills Training (Two-Day Class)
LifeWorks NW is one of the designated ASIST trainers in Washington County. ASIST is an outstanding, proven, two-day interactive workshop that teaches you how to recognize someone who may be at risk for suicide, how to intervene, promote safety and identify appropriate supports to help keep the person safe. Participants will receive an informational workbook and wallet card that summarizes the training, as well as a list of community resources. Ideal for child welfare, education, counseling, community justice, primary care providers, domestic violence, health care, senior services, other social service providers, and concerned citizens who want to know more.
Thursday, October 10 & Friday, October 11, 2019
8:30 am – 4:30 pm, both days
Gresham, OR

Adult Mental Health First Aid
Essential first aid training for anyone age 18 and older who want to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem. This course teaches you to recognize signs and symptoms and provides the steps to take to provide help. Participants will come away with the skills and tools to offer help to others and increase their personal knowledge. Participants also receive an informational workbook that summarizes the training as well as a list of community resources.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
8 am to 5 pm
Oregon City, OR
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
8 am – 5 pm
Portland, OR

Mental Health First Aid for Veterans
Mental Health First Aid for Veterans, Military Members and their friends and families teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This 8-hour training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to appropriate care. It addresses:

  • Military culture and its relevance to the topic of mental health, specific risk factors faced by many service members and their families, such as mental and physical trauma, stress, separation, etc.
  • How to break down the stigma associated with substance use disorders and mental illnesses, like anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and more
  • How to reach out to those who suffer in silence, reluctant to seek help and community resource information and support

Skill level: Beginner
Thursday September 19, 2019 & Thursday September 26, 2019
1 – 5 pm, both days
Hillsboro, OR
Friday, September 27, 2019
8 am to 5 pm
Portland, OR

Older Adult Mental Health First Aid
Older Adult Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces the risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders, builds understanding of their impact and reviews common support options. The 8-hour course focuses on the unique experiences and needs of adults over the age of 65. It will give you the skills needed to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and connect them to appropriate professional, peer, social and self-care. Skill level: Beginner.
Thursday, September 5, 2019
8 am – 5 pm
Portland, OR
Friday, October 4, 2019
8 am – 5 pm
Portland, OR

Youth Mental Health First Aid
This training provides skills and tools to help a young person, ages 12-18, who is experiencing a mental health challenge connect to the appropriate resources. Youth Mental Health First Aid is aimed toward adults who work with young people. Important for teachers, coaches, social workers, clergy and youth ministers, and other caring community members. It will provide information about typical adolescent development, signs and symptoms, and common mental health challenges in young people. Includes a five step action plan to provide help and available local community resources.
Friday, September 20, 2019
8 am to 5 pm
Portland, OR
Friday, October 25, 2019
8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Portland, OR (North Portland)

QPR – Question, Persuade & Refer
QPR is an educational program that teaches community members how to recognize that a person may be experiencing thoughts of suicide and offer first aid until more experienced help is available. Participants will learn about warning signs, risk factors, common myths about suicide and a three step suicide prevention first aid action plan. Participants will receive a booklet and wallet card with summary information at the end of the training.
Saturday, September 21, 2019
2 pm to 4 pm
Molalla, OR

CALM – Counseling on Access to Lethal Means
This training is for anyone who works with people in clinical/counseling situations such as health and mental health, veteran affairs, schools, peer support, clergy, domestic violence, etc. CALM is intended to assist participants in offering strategies to help clients at risk of suicide and their families reduce access to lethal means, particularly (but not exclusively) firearms. The workshop will introduce participants to the knowledge and skill components included in the 2.5 hour interactive workshop. CALM is a reduction program developed at the Injury Prevention Center at Dartmouth and evaluated by researchers at the Harvard Injury Control Research Center. The CALM workshop includes: a PowerPoint presentation explaining why CALM is effective, a model videotaped attempt scenario and case studies. CALM is recognized on the SPRC/AFSP Best Practice Registry, Section III.
Thursday, September 19, 2019
2 pm to 4:30 pm
Portland, OR

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, has thoughts of suicide or needs more information about mental health services, please connect with a local or national resource; they are available 24/7. LifeWorks NW clients can call their provider or our hotline nights and weekends: 800-273-8255. Community members can call:

  • Clackamas County: 503-655-8585
  • Multnomah County: 503-988-4888
  • Washington County: 503-291-9111
  • ​National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255