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To inquire about setting up a training or to register for a training, you can contact Ann Marie McDonald at 605-274-1431 or you can contact the South Dakota Department of Social Services Community Behavioral Health Program at 605-367-5211.

The following are trainings related to suicide and mental health that are available in South Dakota:

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)

The ASIST workshop is for anyone who wants to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Over one million people have participated in this two-day, highly interactive, practical, practice-oriented workshop. Watch a video about ASIST.

CALM (Counseling on Access to Lethal Means)

CALM is a free online course offered the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) and is designed for providers who counsel people at risk for suicide, including mental health and medical providers.

Making Educators Partners in Suicide Prevention

Making Educators Partners in Suicide Prevention is an online interactive training program for educators and school staff. Designed in a series of 5 modules, it addresses the critical but limited responsibilities of educators in the process of identification and referral of potentially suicidal youth. It focuses on the practical realities and challenges inherent in the school setting through a variety of training formats that include lecture, question and answer, and role plays. Experts in mental health and suicide prevention provide informed commentary and parents of children who’ve died by suicide speak eloquently about the important role that school-based suicide awareness programs can play in the prevention process.

Means Restriction

Restriction Education is designed to help parents and adult caregivers of at-risk youth recognize the importance of taking immediate, new action to restrict access to firearms, alcohol, and prescription and over-the-counter drugs in the home. The intervention also gives parents and caregivers specific, practical advice on how to dispose of or lock up firearms and substances that may be used in a suicide attempt. The targeted audience would be staff from the Emergency Department and behavioral health staff.

MHFA (Mental Health First Aid)

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches the general public how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps individuals identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses. The program helps build mental health literacy, helping the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness.

Mental Health First Aid offers specialty modules in: High Education; Military Members, Veterans & Their Families; Public Safety; Older Adults; and Rural Communities.

Looking to re-certify in Mental Health First Aid? Visit the site here.

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)

QPR is a one to two hour training that teaches 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR to help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.

QPR offers specialty modules for: School Health Professionals; Farmers; School Setting; Native American; Late Life Suicide; Residential; Law Enforcement & Emergency Service Professionals; and Youth

QPRT (Question, Persuade, Refer, Treat)

QPRT is an 8 hour training to help professionals who assist, evaluate, manage, counsel or treat persons at-risk of suicide better assess and monitor those at elevated risk for suicidal behaviors using the QPRT model.

QPR Triage (Question, Persuade, Refer, Triage)

The QPR Suicide Triage method was developed to help volunteers and professionals who interview, assist, evaluate and counsel potentially suicidal persons over the telephone, or in person, better assess and intervene and/or refer those determined to be at elevated risk for suicidal behaviors.


safeTALK is a three hour training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. Visit the Living Works website to learn more.

Safety Planning

Safety Planning is used to provide people who are experiencing suicidal ideation with a specific set of concrete strategies to use in order to decrease the risk of suicidal behavior. The safety plan includes coping strategies that may be used and individuals or agencies that may be contacted during a crisis. The Safety Planning Intervention is a collaborative effort between a treatment provider and a patient. The target audience would be any behavioral health or health staff.

Shield of Care

Shield of Care is an 8-hour, evidence-informed curriculum that teaches juvenile justice staff strategies to prevent suicide in their correctional facility environment. There is also a refresher course for those who have taken the training in the past.

YMHFA (Youth Mental Health First Aid)

Youth Mental Health First Aid reviews the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents ages 12-18.  This 8-hour course emphasizes the importance of early intervention and covers how to help and adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.

Find suicide prevention trainers in your area that can provide these trainings.

Looking for something else? Visit SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidenced-based Programs and Practices.