One of the many steps necessary to create a suicide-safer community is providing education around suicide and mental health throughout the county.

To address this need, in October 2021 Lewis and Clark Public Health (LCPH), in conjunction with the Lewis and Clark Suicide Prevention Coalition (LCSPC), received a 5-year grant (2021 – 2026) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide additionla mental health awareness, suicide prevention, and crisis de-escalation training for the tri-county area of Lewis and Clark, Broadwater and Jefferson Counties. The grant continues to provide free education around mental health and suicide prevention to Lewis and Clark County community members that a SAMHSA grant funded from 2018 – 2021. LCPH and LCSPC hope that by providing this education, more people will be equipped to help neighbors, friends, co-workers, and loved ones when they may be struggling. Learn more about each training here.

Target populations:

  • First responders
  • Schools
  • Medical/ mental health providers
  • Parents
  • Business leaders
  • Faith-based leaders and coaches
  • Service members, veterans, and their families

The project uses evidence-based programs:

  • Question-Persuade-Refer (QPR)
  • Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)
  • Signs of Suicide (SOS)
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • Crisis Intervention Team training (CIT)
  • Zero Suicide: Safe Care Tools
  • Counseling on Access to Lethal Means
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • Mental Health Screeners: PHQ-9 & C-SSRS
  • PsychArmor Institute military cultural competency training – Military Strong Challenge