NAMI NH’s National Best Practice Connect Suicide Prevention Program Offers New Training
Training assists communities to develop safe response to suicide and traumatic deaths
CONCORD, NH – Mar. 7, 2011 – A suicide or other untimely traumatic death can have a devastating impact on a community. The shock and grief goes well beyond immediate family and can ripple throughout the community affecting friends, coworkers/workplaces, schools, and faith communities.
A team of professionals who know what to do, are trained and prepared to act, and have an action plan in place will promote healing and reduce risk after a suicide in light of the bewilderment and turmoil that often occurs.
The training includes the Connect suicide postvention curriculum, best practice postvention protocols, and the development of a comprehensive community postvention response plan with assistance from the
Training highlights include:
- How to coordinate a safe and supportive response to a suicide
- Selecting a postvention response coordinator and team members and their respective roles
- Communication among team members
- Best practices such as how to communicate safely about suicide and restricting the availability of lethal means (e.g. guns, pills)
- Postvention protocols for specific service providers (e.g. mental health, law enforcement, education, social services)
- Surveillance of community “hot spots” to minimize future risk
- How to help individuals, families, and communities heal
- Managing compassion fatigue
- Creating a suicide postvention response plan, including immediate and long term actions
The training is two days and can be combined with Connect postvention train-the-trainer for a total of four days.
Targeted audience are professionals whose job entails responding to a suicide death, including behavioral health professionals, law enforcement, faith leaders, school personnel, medical examiner/coroner, members of suicide prevention coalitions, and disaster response teams.
Connect is a nationally designated Best Practice Program developed by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – New Hampshire. For more information, please contact Anne Rugg at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-752-7351. www.theconnectprogram.org