Youth Suicide Prevention Training

Online training for adults


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Fairfax County’s At-Risk Youth Suicide Prevention Training includes four FREE online simulations that prepare educators and other adults in our community to:

  • Recognize when a young person is exhibiting signs of psychological distress, and
  • Talk with the young person to be able to connect them with appropriate support.

The online trainings allow participants to enter a virtual environment and assume the role of an adult interacting with a young person. Unlike many online trainings, these are interactive and dynamic with actions you choose to move the scenario along, and participants receive real-time feedback on how well they are doing. Participants learn how to differentiate between "normal" and "at-risk" behavior and how to begin a conversation about the topic of mental distress. The courses are offered to anyone in the community, free of charge. Each training can be done in more than one sitting.

  • At-Risk for Middle School, At-Risk for Elementary School and At-Risk for High School are each one-hour online trainings to help concerned adults support youth who exhibit signs of psychological distress, including thoughts of suicide.
  • Step In, Speak Up! is a 30-minute online training to help concerned adults support youth who may be struggling due to harassment or exclusion related to sexual identity, sexual orientation or other differences.

The training simulations are classroom-based, but the information and practice skills can apply in many settings and are useful for anyone who works with youth including parents, school staff, scout leaders, coaches, faith communities, and more. At-Risk for High School is on the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). At-Risk for Middle School and At-Risk for High School are listed as best practices by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The trainings were developed by Kognito in collaboration with mental and behavioral health experts, educators and school personnel.

To take one or all of the at-risk trainings, visit


Online training for youth

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Enrollment key: fcps

Online training for youth on helping others who have mental health concerns

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Friend2Friend [, enrollment key: fcps] is a FREE 30-minute online simulation that gives high school-aged youth a chance to practice helpful ways to talk with a friend who may be struggling with psychological distress.

When you take the online training, you enter a virtual environment where you interact with a simulation of another young person. Unlike many online trainings, this session is interactive and dynamic. You'll choose actions to move the scenario along and receive real-time feedback on how well you are doing. You'll learn how to tell the difference between "normal" and "at-risk" behavior and how to begin a conversation about the topic of mental distress.

Learn about:

  • Emotional health and wellness.
  • Warning signs of mental health concerns.
  • Ways to help a friend in distress connect with a supportive adult.

Teachers can share this program with high school-aged youth and encourage them to participate. Other adults who work with high school-aged youth – such as scout leaders, coaches, church leaders – can also encourage them to take this online course.

The training can be done in more than one sitting.

Watch a 3-minute preview of how the training works and what it looks like.

To take Friend2Friend training, visit, enrollment key: fcps. 

Information for all courses

You'll need to create an account (first and last name, email address, user name, password). In the "Please enter your organization and select" field, begin typing and the choices will populate – use the up/down arrows on your keyboard to move through the choices if your organization is not listed, please select ‘other.’ Fairfax County Government employees will be asked to provide their Employee Identification Number (EIN) and FCPS employees will be asked to provide their 6-digit FCPS ID. You'll be asked to choose your role (i.e. community/family member, teacher, counselor, etc.) and agree to the site's Terms of Use, then you can create your account.

Need tech support with the trainings? There's a tech support link within the portal, or email

Youth Suicide Prevention Training is provided as a service of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board and the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services

Need more help for someone you care about?

About the training provider – Fairfax County has contracted with Kognito, a leader in online and mobile learning experiences for our online youth suicide prevention training. Kognito’s online courses use role-play conversations with virtual humans to prepare users to effectively manage challenging conversations about health. Several empirical studies have shown that Kognito simulations result in statistically significant and sustainable changes in user's attitudes, skills, and behaviors.

Privacy of information on Kognito website – In some of their sites, Kognito collects personally identifiable information, like names, postal addresses, email addresses, etc., to allow users to open an individual, password-protected account to access the site and content. Kognito will not sell, give or rent your name or any other part of the information you provide to other parties. Kognito uses return email addresses to provide you with information about your account, progress in the course, and optional and anonymous surveys. Read Kognito’s Privacy Policy for complete information.

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