Training of professionals and community members in detection of suicide risk and appropriate response is vital to reducing rates of suicide at a systems level. The public health model indicates a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention, one in which clinical and community services and supports for a person struggling with depression and thoughts of suicide should be available. This comprehensive approach is integrated, synergistic, multilevel, comprehensive and collaborative.
“Training programs should be tailored to the specific needs and roles of providers and be regularly updated and refreshed to reflect new knowledge in the field and over time.”
– National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, 2012, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services