Youth Suicide Prevention Training
Online training for adults
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 http://kognito.com/fairfax.
Online training for youth
Online training for youth on helping others who have mental health concerns
Friend2Friend [http://kognitocampus.com/peer, 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.
- 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.
To take Friend2Friend training, visit http://kognitocampus.com/peer, enrollment key: fcps.
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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
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.
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