Suicide Prevention Training and Resources

Educational opportunities promote awareness of the warning signs of suicide; highlight local, state, and national crisis resources; and teach strategies for providing support to individuals who are experiencing a mental health emergency.

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For more information about any of these programs or to request a training session, complete the form at the bottom of the page or contact Prevention Coordinator Kenan Tyner-Smith at or 434-572-6916 Ext. 1550.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273- TALK (8255)

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provide free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis for emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  We are committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.

The Crisis Text Line 741741

Free, 24/7 support via text

Mental Health First Aid (IP or Blended/Virtual)

MHFA is an eight-hour training offered to the public to recognize mental health issues and how to respond. Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling- rather, participants learn to support a person developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis by applying a core five-step action plan. Certified instructors offer four versions of the program throughout our community: ADULT, YOUTH (for adults who live or work with adolescents) OLDER ADULTS, and PUBLIC SAFETY (for police, first responders, corrections officers, and others who work in public safety roles). In-person or blended virtual.

SafeTALK: Suicide Alertness for Everyone 

SafeTALK is a four-hour training program that teaches participants to recognize and engage persons who might be having thoughts of suicide to connect them with community resources trained in suicide prevention. SafeTALK stresses safely while challenging the stigma that inhibits open talk about suicide. In-person.

ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training 

ASIST is a 2-day/16-hour intensive, interactive, and practice-dominated training designed to help caregivers who are 18 years of age or older to recognize risk for suicide, intervene to prevent immediate harm, and link persons at risk to the next level of care. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don't need any formal training to attend the workshop. ASIST can be learned and used by anyone. In-person.

Lock and Talk Virginia

Lock and Talk Virginia is a suicide prevention initiative that promotes safe and responsible care of lethal means and limiting access to lethal means for a person in crisis. Promoting these practices and encouraging community conversations around mental wellness is vital to the mission of preventing suicide. In-person.

Check out our current campaign: Lock It Up


Talk Saves Lives is a one-hour presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide. Attendees will learn the risk and warning signs of suicide, and how together, we can help prevent it. Virtual.


Counter Tools

Public health intervention that promotes education across communities by aiming to reduce the impact of unhealthy substance use such as tobacco by educating the local retailers. This outreach is aimed at the point of access and exposure: the retail environment. (In-person training.)

Southside Wellness Coalition

A community coalition with a volunteer-based leadership team of local community members who are committed to safe, secure, healthy, prosperous and drug free communities in the counties of Brunswick, Halifax and Mecklenburg. In person and virtual.


ACE Interface: Adverse Childhood Experiences

Two to three hour session that teaches participants about the effects of adverse childhood experiences on brain development and emphasizes the community’s role in promoting resilience in children and teens. In person and virtual.

REVIVE! Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Training for Virginia

Two-hour session that provides training to professionals, stakeholders, and community members on how to recognize and respond to an opioid crisis or overdose emergency with the administration of naloxone (Narcan). In person and virtual.


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