Hospitality Suicidal Behavior Competency


Introductory | Mental Health Literacy

| 1 Hour

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About the Course


The Suicidal Behavior Competency course is in the Mental Health Ally Series. The main topics covered in this course include a discussion on the nature of suicide and its prevalence rates as well as an overview of the risks and protective factors associated with suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

The course was created using up-to-date statistics from governing bodies and relevant scholarly articles on the topic of suicide. The instructional design is learner-focused and approachable, including reflection activities, live-filmed videos of lived experiences, and engaging animations. Learners will discover the warning signs of those who may be at risk for suicide, as well as ways to connect those at risk to services that can help.

NOTE: We recommend completing Mental Health Competency 1 before beginning this course and any other Mental Health Ally Series courses.

Estimated Course Length: 1 Hour

Course Includes: 13 sections with components in each section (components consist of a mixed media approach with an animated overview video, a subject matter expert fireside chat, role plays, and a knowledge game). 

Companion Videos: 8 companion videos created for enhanced learning on key course topics in Mental Health Competency 1. Over 120 mental health literacy videos on a host of mental health topics.

Downloadable PDFs: 5 downloadable PDFs expanding on relevant course topics 

Target Audience: Hospitality workers

Level of Instruction: Introductory 

Prerequisite: None

Instructional Method: Self-paced, interactive, hybrid of audio, text, video, and learning checks 

Accessibility Accommodations: Closed captioning of all audio and video components

What the learner should know upon course completion:

  1.  Summarize the nature of suicide, prevalence rates, and the risk and protective factors associated with suicidal ideation and behaviors.

  2. Relate the warning signs of those who may be at risk for suicide to ways to connect these persons to national and community services.


  • Pre-Course Assessment

  • Introduction

  • Defining Suicidal Behaviors: Suicidal Thoughts, Plans, and Attempts

  • Myths and Stigma

  • Risk Factors

  • Protective Factors

  • Screening for Suicide Risk

  • Tips for Effective Communication

  • Postvention: Dealing with Loss 
    Instilling Hope

  • Post Course Assessment 
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