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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 Connect trainer/consultant.

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 arugg@naminh.org or 207-752-7351. www.theconnectprogram.org

  1.800.242.6264 or www.TheConnectProject.org  
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The CONNECT Program for Suicide Prevention
A Program of NAMI New Hampshire
15 Green Street
Condord, NH 03301

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