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Section 3: Suicide Gatekeeping Programs

  • At-Risk for High School Educators is a research-proven online, interactive gatekeeper training simulation designed to prepare high school teachers and staff to: (1) recognize when a student is exhibiting signs of psychological distress, and (2) manage a conversation with the student with the goal of connecting them with the appropriate school support service.

    At-Risk was developed with input from leading mental health and education experts. It has been adopted for use by over 120,000 teachers in the U.S. It is listed in SPRC/AFSP Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention Programs and is under review by SAMSHA to be designated as an evidence-based program.

    In the 1-hour online training, users enter a virtual environment, assume the role of an educator and engage in conversations with three emotionally responsive student avatars that exhibit signs of psychological distress. The avatars react to users' decisions in the conversation, effectively replicating real-life interactions. The training can be taken in more than one sitting and includes a certificate of completion.

  • Livingworks Education, Inc. provides training and support for the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) program, a suicide gatekeeping program. Livingworks also offers shorter presentations on suicide awareness and prevention.

  • QPR Institute offers gatekeeper training programs to the general public and to professionals, including firefighters, clergy, and teachers.

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