Below are current trainings we offer

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training is designed to help caregivers recognize risk and learn how to intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. The workshop is for all caregivers (any person in a position of trust). This includes professionals, paraprofessionals, faith leaders, and community members.


Question. Persuade. Refer (QPR)

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer – 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. 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. This workshop is for all community members.


Hope, Help, & Heal

Hope, Help, Heal is a virtual community event to support, educate and connect families and caregivers by initiating a discussion around youth mental health. Topics covered in this event include; anxiety, social media, suicide prevention, substance misuse, and more. This event is brought to you in colloboration by High Desert ESD, Culture of Care, Bend-La Pine Schools, Redmond School District, Sisters School District and Deschutes County Health Services.


Youth Mental Health First Aid

Designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.


Mental Health First Aid

An evidence-based, in-person training program with proven ability to teach individuals how to recognize and respond to the warning signs of mental illness and substance use disorders and link people with appropriate treatment and support. Mental Health First Aid increases the understanding that mental illnesses are real, common and treatable.


Connect Suicide Prevention

This curriculum includes how to identify suicide warning signs and intervene with a person at risk. Building on that foundation, Connect focuses on the community as a whole and how to work across systems to build a safety net for people at risk.


Connect Suicide POSTvention

Suicide Postvention is a planned response after a suicide loss to help with healing and to reduce the risk of further suicide incidents. This training focuses on best practices to coordinate a comprehensive, safe response to a suicide. Audiences appropriate for this training are organizations such as social services, educational institutions, law enforcement agencies, behavioral health agencies. This training is not offered to the general public; if you’re interested in this training please request a training for your organization.


Connect Suicide Prevention Youth Leader Training

This training is co-facilitated by youth leaders and adults for teenage audiences. Training takes into account developmental considerations of high school-age young people and safe messaging guidelines. All materials and activities have been developed to meet the needs of young people and guide their involvement in youth suicide prevention.


Connect Suicide Prevention for Veterans

Veterans account for 8,000 suicide losses every year in the United States. Risk factors include gun ownership, debilitating injuries, and service-related mental health issues. Approximately 18,000 Veterans reside in Central Oregon. With the financial support of the St. Charles Foundation, and in Partnership with NAMI-New Hampshire, BestCare Prevention has modified its Connect training for suicide prevention to apply specifically to Veterans and family members of Veterans. This training is a six-hour, comprehensive training which incorporates case scenarios, role plays, and opportunities to practice new suicide prevention skills. This training may be provided in one six-hour session during one day or over two days, usually a week apart.


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