Maine Suicide Prevention
Maine Crisis Hotline: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
1-888-568-1112 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
The Maine Suicide Prevention Program
The Maine Suicide Prevention Program (MSPP) was established in 1998. The MSPP Program is coordinated by the Injury Prevention Program in the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). NAMI Maine, in partnership with The Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine (CCSME) http://www.ccsme.org and the Maine Primary Care Association (MPCA) http://www.mepca.org coordinates the training activities of the Program.
The MSPP Program goals are to: increase awareness about suicide prevention, improve access to appropriate prevention and intervention services, and reduce the amount of suicidal behavior in Maine.
Trainings offered by the Maine Suicide Prevention Program and NAMI Maine in partnership with the Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine and Maine Primary Care Association:
Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training: A full day training on the fundamentals of suicide prevention. This training: 1) provides up-to-date information about suicide; 2) teaches basic suicide intervention skills; 3) increases personal confidence and ability to effectively respond to suicidal behavior; and 4) provides helpful resources.
Training-of-Trainers: Learn to Present a Suicide Prevention Awareness Session: A 4 hour program available to trained “Gatekeepers” willing to facilitate 60 or 90 minute suicide prevention awareness sessions for co-workers, school staff and/or other community members. Gatekeeper training is a pre-requisite for this training.
Suicide Prevention Protocol Development Workshop: Protocols provide guidance on steps to take in order to safely assist youth and staff by providing them with direction, structure and support. This online PowerPoint training is appropriate for schools and social service agencies.
Lifelines Teachers Training Learn How to Teach Youth About Suicide Prevention:A full-day program for health educators and others who will implement Lifelines Student Suicide Prevention lessons in the school health curriculum. These lessons are aligned with Maine Learning Results Health Education Standards. Gatekeeper training is a pre-requisite to this program.
Transition Lessons Teacher Training: The Transition Program is designed to help schools reinforce concepts presented in the Lifelines student lessons and to better prepare high school seniors for life after high school. Gatekeeper training is a pre-requisite for this training.
Middle School Lessons Teacher Training: Learn How to Teach Middle School Youth About Suicide Prevention: A full-day program for health educators and others who will implement Middle School Suicide Prevention Lessons in the school health curriculum. These lessons are aligned with Maine Learning Results Health Education Standards. Students will learn the positive and negative aspects of life stress, coping strategies and suicide prevention. Gatekeeper training is a pre-requisite for this Training.
Suicide Assessment for Clinicians: This day-long workshop builds knowledge about suicide trends in high risk populations across the lifespan and takes participants through the steps of suicide risk assessment, intervention and treatment options. This training is designed for those working in clinical roles who need more in-depth resources and information to assess suicide risk.
Beyond the Basics of Suicide Prevention Conference IX: Scheduled for March 21st. 2013 at the Wyndham Portland Airport Hotel, South Portland: This annual conference features state and national experts who impart the latest information on suicide prevention. The intent of the conference is to provide knowledge that “goes beyond” basic suicide prevention training programs.
Maine Suicide Prevention Program Assistance:
Suicide Prevention Awareness Sessions: This training provides general information on suicide prevention and of resources available for those at risk of suicide.
Assistance in developing agreements between Schools and Crisis Service Providers: Careful, advanced planning is crucial to preventing suicide, managing a crisis, and preventing additional crises in a school setting. Part of advanced planning for crisis response is to develop a written cooperative agreement between Schools and Local Crisis Service providers.
School Protocol Guidelines: Guidelines for development of school protocols provide assistance to school administrators to establish crisis intervention and suicide prevention protocols. Established plans and procedures guide staff to effectively identify, screen and assist students at risk for a variety of issues including suicide. http://www.maine.gov/suicide/docs/Guidelines%2010-2009--w%20discl.pdf
Agency Protocol Guidelines: Guidelines for development of protocols assist agency administrators in establishing suicide prevention procedures within their crisis intervention plans.
Primary Care: Maine has identified primary care practices as a key access point for intervention to prevent suicide across the lifespan. The Maine Suicide Prevention Program has formed a partnership with the Maine Primary Care Association (http://www.mepca.org) to assist Primary Care Practices to provide staff training and to pilot the implementation of the Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care Practices developed by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE).
Suicide Survivors Speakers Bureau: This Bureau is made up of people who have lost a loved one to suicide and have been trained to speak safely and effectively about their loss to the public to raise awareness of suicide prevention.
For more information on the Maine Suicide Prevention Training Program contact:
Greg Marley, LCSW, Senior Manager of Education and Support, Maine Suicide Prevention Program, NAMI Maine; 1(800)464-5767, fax 207-621-8430; email
Marissa Deku, MLIS, Suicide Prevention Training Program Coordinator, NAMI Maine; 1(800)464-5767; email: firstname.lastname@example.org ; fax 207-621-8430
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