Suicidal Behavior Competency For Educators


Introductory | Mental Health Literacy | 1 Hour 8 Minutes

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About the Course


The Suicidal Behavior Competency for Educators course is in the Mental Health Competency for Educators 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. Completing Suicidal Behavior Competency for Educators will take approximately 60-80 minutes of continuous learning time.

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 in the educators’ community who may be at risk for suicide, as well as ways to connect them to services that can help.

NOTE: We recommend completing Mental Health Competency 1 for Educators before taking any other Mental Health Ally for Educators Series courses.

Estimated Course Length: 1 Hour 8 Mins.

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 for Educators; 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: Educators

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. Accurately describe signs that indicate an individual is experiencing a mental health crisis and identify techniques to respond related to starting a conversation, the basics of de-escalation, and challenging situations.

  2. List community resources for crisis support and link individuals with the appropriate type of support.

  3. Identify practical skills that can be used to support a colleague experiencing a mental health crisis as well as evaluate tips for supporting someone during their recovery journey.

  • 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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