Suicidal Behavior



Introductory | Mental Health Literacy

| 1.00 CE Credits | 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, its prevalence rates, and 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 taking 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 lived experience testimonials, animation explainer videos, and a knowledge game)

Companion Videos: 8 companion videos created for enhanced learning on key course topics in Suicidal Behavior Competency; over 120 mental health literacy videos on a host of mental health topics

Downloadable PDFs: 6 downloadable PDFs expanding on relevant course topics

Target Audience: Mental Health and Medical Providers, Healthcare Staff, Case Managers, Employers, Caregivers, Coaches, First Responders, Teachers, Attorneys, and other pertinent professionals

Level of Instruction: Introductory

Prerequisite: None

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

Accessibility Accommodations: Color contrast; transcripts of video components; closed captioning of audio and video components.

After completing this course, you will be able to describe and employ the following:

  1. Summarize the nature of suicide, prevalence rates and the risks 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.

  3. Describe 3 or more ways to practice postvention with suicide attempt survivors and people who have lost someone to suicide.

  • Course Overview & Introduction (4+ minutes)

  • A Public Health Emergency (2+ minutes)

  • Defining Suicidal Behaviors (1+ minute)

  • Language and Stigma (3+ minutes)

  • Myths and Facts (1+ minute)

  • Prevention and Awareness (11+ minutes)

  • Risk Factors (7+ minutes)

  • Protective Factors (1+ minute)

  • Screening for Suicide Risk (5+ minutes)

  • Tips for Communicating With Someone Who Might Be at Risk (12+ minutes)

  • Postvention: Dealing with Loss (5+ minutes)

  • Knowledge Check (1+ minute)

  • Discussion Summary & Course Outro (2+ minutes)

  • Post-Course Assessment (9+ minutes)

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