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NAMI Expands Suicide Prevention Education

NAMI Minnesota has been awarded a grant from the Minnesota Department of Health to expand its suicide prevention activities around the state. The grant began in January of 2016 and runs through June of 2019. The work will be focused on two main groups, youth and middle-aged men.

NAMI will carry out a number of activities including providing Question, Persuade & Refer (QPR) training at schools where NAMI’s Ending the Silence program is held to ensure that teachers and staff know how to respond if a student approaches them after the program. NAMI will also train middle-aged men to deliver QPR in workplaces and through community clubs – Rotaries, Lions, Elks, etc.

In counties where NAMI has not held a suicide prevention training yet or where there is a higher suicide rate, NAMI will provide QPR, safeTALK or Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) in those communities. 

NAMI will also continue to expand its Means Restriction Education program to regions outside of the metropolitan area. This will include school social workers in targeted counties, school-linked mental health providers, mobile crisis teams and emergency departments.

People will be trained through SurvivorVoices trainings and will be used in a program created by NAMI New Hampshire called Connect Postvention Training which will be held to provide ongoing support to communities, to modify policies and protocols to help identify persons at increased risk for suicide, and also how to respond to a suicide death in a safe and healing way. 

Lastly, NAMI will work with the MN Dept. of Health and the MN Department of Education to establish the online training program “at-risk” for teachers and school staff. This program teaches education staff about suicide prevention.

NAMI Minnesota is grateful for this opportunity to expand its efforts in this area. Donna Fox, Director of Adult Programs and Suicide Prevention, will be responsible for carrying out the grant.

Find more information about NAMI's suicide awareness and prevention effforts, survivor support groups and helpful links, here.