Suicide Prevention Training Available in Berrien County



Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. More information is at:


Contact: Melissa Rough - Niles Community Schools, Assistant Principal, Howard-Ellis Elementary School

Master ASIST Trainer, Certified Trauma Practitioner



A half-day alertness training that prepares anyone age 15 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. More information is at: 


Contact: Randy Miota - Lakeland Health, Manager of Chaplaincy Services -



Ranging from 90 minutes to a half a day, suicideTALK invites all participants to become more aware of suicide prevention opportunities in their community. More information is at:


Contact: Randy Miota - Lakeland Health, Manager of Chaplaincy Services -

QPR Training

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.

Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. QPR can be learned in the Gatekeeper training in as little as one hour. More information is at

Contact: Robin Bourgeois- Teacher Consultant Berrien


Mental Health Training Available in Berrien County from Spectrum Health Lakeland

(To find out more about these programs, call toll-free (866) 260-7544 or email them at

Trauma 101: Introduction to Trauma
During this course, participants will learn how to define toxic stress, trauma, and trauma-informed care and begin to recognize signs of developmental trauma. Topics covered include Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), impact on development, long-term health implications of traumatic experiences, the importance of self-care, and more. Typically, this course is delivered in two hours; however, it can be adjusted to fit the need of the group/organization.
Length: 2 hours minimum; 4 hours maximum -Suggested Prerequisite: None

Adverse Childhood Experiences: The Implications for Population Health
This program explores the Adverse Childhood Experiences study and the biology of adversity. Participants will learn about the science of trauma, the implications of childhood trauma on long-term health, epigenetics, and building resilience.

Length: 2 hours - Suggested Prerequisite: None

Mental Health Crises and Awareness: An Introduction

This two-hour session provides participants with an introduction to common signs and symptoms of mental illness. Participants will be introduced to tools that they as community members can use to assist a person they believe may be experiencing a crisis. Focus will also be given to local mental health resources and future educational opportunities surrounding the topic of mental wellness.

Length: 2 hours - Suggested Prerequisite: Trauma 101 or Adverse Childhood Experiences

Community Resiliency Model
The Community Resiliency Model® (CRM) is a biologically-based trauma intervention designed for
community members who need information about trauma and coping skills but who have limited access to mental health resources. CRM® teaches skills for self-care to balance the nervous system of those
impacted by personal or community-level trauma (such as violence, poverty, racism, and homophobia).
Participants will receive tools they can immediately implement as well as learn about future events for
gaining deeper understanding of the model.

Length: Introduction: 2 hours
Workshops: 3-5 hours
Full Training: 1-2 Days
Suggested Prerequisites: Trauma 101 or Adverse Childhood Experiences and Mental Health First Aid or Mental Health Crises and Awareness

Mental Health First Aid

In the Mental Health First Aid course, participants learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. Youth MHFA is designed for those who work with youth while Adult MHFA is for those who work with adults.

Length: 8 hours (one 8-hour session or two 4-hour sessions) - Suggested Prerequisite: Trauma 101 or Adverse Childhood Experiences