If you have reached this page because you are in need of immediate support, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or suicidepreventionlifeline.org. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
The SPF for Suicide Prevention grant leverages SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) to address the public health problem of suicide in Georgia. GUIDE receives funding from the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) as a community provider completing a SPF Suicide Prevention project to target high suicide burden counties in Region 3 of the state using data-driven, research-validated, evidence-based strategic approaches. Using the SPF model, GUIDE is working to increase the availability of suicide prevention gatekeeper trainings, decrease perceived stigma of suicide, increase awareness of suicide prevention and intervention strategies and increase use of evidence-based suicide prevention strategies.
Gatekeeper trainings, such as the ones listed below, refer to programs that are designed to teach individuals the warning signs of suicide and how to respond in a crisis situation. Click on the links to find training locations near you or to begin online courses. Trainings conducted or sponsored by GUIDE can be found here.
Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid – Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. The training helps you identify, understand and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.
GUIDE offers in-person Youth Mental Health First Aid training events. Find out more information here.
QPR Institute – QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. The QPR Online Gatekeeper Training is taught in a clear, concise format using the latest in educational technology and practices. The course takes approximately one hour to complete.
GUIDE offers in-person QPR training events. Find out more information here.
LivingWorks – LivingWorks programs are designed to span a continuum of safety skills. In as little as one hour online, LivingWorks Start can teach anyone to recognize the signs of suicide and take life-saving action by connecting someone to hope and support. LivingWorks safeTALK and ASIST trainings provide more in-depth information and are completed in-person.
Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM)
Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM) – CALM is a free online course provided by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center to teach how to reduce access to the methods people use to kill themselves (such as firearms and medication). It covers who needs lethal means counseling and how to work with people at risk for suicide—and their families—to reduce access. The course takes approximately 2 hours to complete.
For additional information, including a list of crisis lines and national and statewide suicide prevention and mental health initiatives, please visit our Suicide Prevention & Mental Health Resources page.