Youth Suicide Prevention Training
Recognize signs of distress and connect youth with the help they need
Fairfax County’s Youth Suicide Prevention Training includes three 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.
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 trainings, visit http://kognito.com/fairfax.
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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 Disabilities
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