EMS providers are often the first called to assist individuals who are in a mental health crisis and/or suicidal. A unique community-based intervention, Connect increases the competence of EMS/first responders in responding to individuals who are suicidal or at high risk for suicide. Included is a review of National Best Practice suicide prevention/intervention protocols specific to EMS and first responders, interactive case scenarios, and discussion on how to integrate key community services for an effective and comprehensive response. Click here for more information.
EMS providers are often the first officials to respond to the scene of a suicide death. They play a key role in interfacing with law enforcement investigating the death, as well as providing support to family members/friends who are at the scene. Since knowing someone who has died by suicide is one of the highest risk factors for suicide, taking steps to reduce risk and promote healing after a suicide (postvention) becomes an important part of prevention efforts.
Postventon training is offered as a proactive planning tool to help first responders prepare for a suicide death of a community member. Using nationally designated best practice protocols, didactic learning, discussion and case vignettes, participants will learn important steps for reducing risk of contagion. Ideally, postvention training is provided in advance to prepare first responders to respond to a suicide and to enable organizations to incorporate postvention protocols into their policies and procedures. Training and/or technical assistance can also be provided following a suicide death. Click here for more information.