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 Training Available in Arkansas

to help prevent suicide

The following trainings are on the SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) and trainers do have specialized training/certification for this specific training:


Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST):

     Target Audience:   Gatekeepers (First responders, counselors, hotline volunteers, etc)

     Type of Training:    Certification Training

     Length of Training:    2 day

     Fees:   Vary based on instructor and location

          (Please contact the following organizations to see if there are funds available to cover

          this training: Arkansas Department of Health (501-614-5234), American Foundation for

          Suicide Prevention – Arkansas Chapter (#########), ???)

     Certified Trainers:  

           Steele Kelly, ARNG - ???????,  ?????

           Rhonda McDonald, RN - rhonda.mcdonald@arkansas.gov  (SW AR)

           Mary Meecham, AFSP - 

           Liz Mercer, RN - elizabeth.mercer@arkansas.gov,   (SW SE AR)


Mental Health First Aid:
     Target Audience:   Anyone 18 years old or older who wants to learn how to help a person

           who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem. (Can be geared

           for specific populations: public safety, higher education, military families, rural

           audiences)

     Type of Training: ????

     Length of Training: 8 hours

     Fees:   Vary based on trainer and location

           (Please contact the following organizations to see if there are funds available to cover

           this training: Arkansas Department of Health (501-614-5234), American Foundation for

           Suicide Prevention – Arkansas Chapter (#########), ???)

     Certified Trainers:



SafeTALK:

     Target Audience: Everyone 15 years or older (teens, coaches, church members, etc)

     Type of Training: Certification Training

     Length of training: 3-4 hours
     Fees:   Vary based on trainer and location

           (Please contact the following organizations to see if there are funds available to cover

           this training: Arkansas Department of Health (501-614-5234), American Foundation for

           Suicide Prevention – Arkansas Chapter (#########), ???)

     Certified Trainers:

           Greg Adams - adamsjg@archildrens.org, 501-364-6549  (Central AR)

           Cheryl Byrd, RN - cheryl.byrd@arkansas.gov, 870-386-2251  (SW AR)

           Joy Gray - ?????????  (Central AR)

           Debbie Landers - deborah.landers@arkansas.gov, 501-858-9134  

           Rhonda McDonald, RN - rhonda.mcdonald@arkansas.gov  (SW AR)

           Liz Mercer, NR - elizabeth.mercer@arkansas.gov  (SE/SW AR)

           Amy Muse, LPC?? - ????, ????  (Central AR)

           Tanya Phillips, MEd, MS - tanya.phillips@arsuicideprevention.org,  501-247-5911,

                     (Central AR)

           Susie Reynolds Reece - reecesusie@ymail.com, 501-249-9758  





The remainder of the trainings listed are not on the SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) and trainers do not have specialized training/certification for this specific training)



More Than Sad:

           Target Audience: Teens, parents, and educators on the warning signs and how to get

                      help

           Type of Training: Presentation/Discussion

           Length of Training: 1-2 hours depending on the presentation

           Fees:   Free

           Contact: Mary Meacham at MKMpart3@gmail.com, Christopher Epperson at

                      Christopher.afsp.ar@gmail.com



Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention:

           Target Audience: Community members (military, churches, co-ops, schools)

           Type of Training: ????

           Length of training: 1 Hour

           Fees:  Free

           Contact: Mary Meacham at MKMpart3@gmail.com, Christopher Epperson at

                     Christopher.AFSP.AR@gmail.com



Involving Families in LGBT Youth Suicide Prevention:

           Target Audience: LGBT Youth, Families, Counselors

           Type of Training: ????

           Length of training: 90 minute to 2 hours

           Fees: ????

            Contact: Mary Meacham at MkMPart3@gmail.com or Christopher Epperson at

                       Christopher.AFSP.Ar@gmail.com




Physician and Medical Student Depression and Suicide Prevention:

           Target Audience: People in the medical professions???

            Length of training: 1 hour

            Fees: ????

            Contact:   Mary Meacham at MkMPart3@gmail.com or Christopher Epperson at

                        Christopher.AFSP.Ar@gmail.com



Truth About Suicide: Real Stories of Depression in Colleges

          Target Audience: College & University Programs/Groups

          Type of Training: ????

          Length: 1 hour

          Fees: ????

          Contact: Contact Mary Meacham at MkMPart3@gmail.com or Christopher Epperson at

                    Christopher.AFSP.Ar@gmail.com



Support Group Facilitator Trainings           

            Target Audience:   Experienced trainers use presentations, interactive discussions,

                        and role-play to prepare participants to run effective suicide loss support

                        groups for adults or children and teens

            Type of Training: ????

            Length: 2 days

            Fees: ????

            Contact: Marcey Ball at Marcey.AFSP.AR@gmail.com or Christopher Epperson at

                      Christopher.AFSP.AR@gmail.com




Programs for Schools:


After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools:


If your school has lost someone to suicide, After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools offers best practices and practical tools to help school administers in the aftermath of a suicide.


In collaboration with the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, AFSP offers After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools to help schools in the aftermath of a suicide or other death. A practical resource to schools facing real-time crises in diverse populations and communities, resources found in the Toolkit include managing crisis response, helping students cope, working with the community, memorialization, social media, suicide contagion, and engaging external resources for support.


A Model School Policy on Suicide Prevention:


The Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention gives educators and school administrators a comprehensive way to implement suicide prevention policies in their local community.


In collaboration with the American School Counselor Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, and The Trevor Project, the program is research-based, and easily adaptable for middle and high schools.


There are specific, actionable steps to support school personnel; sample language for student handbooks; suggestions for involving parents and guardians in suicide prevention; and guidance for addressing in-school suicide attempts.


In addition to educators and school leaders, school-based mental health professionals such as counselors and psychologists are essential in putting a policy into practice to enhance the whole school environment.


Twenty-five states in the U.S. currently require that educators receive training to prevent suicide. With recommendations rooted in best practices, the Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention can complement state law requirements and help schools achieve an inclusive, comprehensive suicide prevention plan.


Mary Meacham at MKMpart3@gmail.com


Or Christopher Epperson at Christopher.AFSP.Ar@gmail.com or Arkasnas@AFSP.ORG