NMSIP understands that successful suicide prevention must include a focus on increasing Protective Factors.
- Strong support system- a safety net created between families, schools, community and youth
- Access to social support- skills to sustain relationships
- Sense of belonging- a kind and caring community
- Problem solving and coping skills
- Sense of personal control- limited use of substances
- Mood management skills along with ways to decrease stress and use of mindfulness, exercise and other ways to increase HOPEFULNESS.
Over the last 19 years, NMSIP has developed training, education and public awareness programs that have delivered vital suicide prevention training skills and awareness information to several thousand students, school teachers and staff, behavioral health specialist, faith community leaders, youth service organizations and parents.
The program provides information about the problem of suicide, the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, warning signs, community resources, and seeks to dispel myths about suicide. The program also addresses the related risk factors to suicide, including depression, school problems, family conflict, bullying, and unique issues for LGBT youth. Most importantly, the trainings focus on the development of protective attributes that move youth away from suicide risk and toward life enhancing choices.
The classroom presentations for students address difficult topics through interactive experiential learning techniques. These presentations implore students to “watch out for each other” and increase awareness on how peers can help reduce youth suicide and create a more caring kind school community. The presentations also; help students identify warning signs for themselves and friends, learn to trust their own intuitions and observation skills, ask tough questions when they are concerned about peers and develop the courage to seek help and find trusting adults when in need. The presentations also present a host of protective skills such as problem solving, stress reduction skills such as mindfulness, exercise and related healthy lifestyle choices.
A “gatekeeper” is anyone who has sustained daily contact with young people, including teachers, school counselors, school nurses, family practice physicians, youth organization leaders, camp counselors, to name a few. The Gatekeeper Training offers intensive suicide prevention training, including identification and recognition of warning signs and high risk symptoms (includes bullying, school failure, substance abuse, suicide ideation and attempt, and depression), intervention and community resources.
NMSIP works extensively with local public school districts, providing suicide prevention training for K-12 school personnel. Adult gatekeepers learn to:
- Recognize suicide risk factors
- Respond appropriately
- Assist youth to seek help from parents and health care workers
- Use a standardized suicide-risk assessment protocol
- Implement post-suicide interventions
Building Bridges: A Professional Development Seminar Series for Educators
NMSIP offers professional development opportunities for counselors and educators that can be tailored to meet the needs of school districts and school staff. Participants learn how to create a safety net between schools, communities and families that will protect students in a variety of ways. As pressure builds to teach curriculum while showing improvements on state tests, these seminars help teachers connect with students who are struggling with peer and family issues. This four-part seminar series is designed to increase the personal effectiveness of teachers K-12 in the classroom and improve the classroom experience. This series offers a collaborative approach to teacher-student-family relationships.
Educators will learn:
- Effective tools that will improve teacher’s ability to connect and communicate with parents while focusing on how to reduce hostility, lower resistance, manage ‘confidential’ subjects, stay connected with students while connecting with parents, making difficult phone calls to parents and offering useful referrals.
- Techniques for addressing bullying and teasing behaviors and empowering students to deal with these behaviors while moving toward a more caring kind classroom community.
- New information about brain development and how this affects teens and learning and the impact of substance use on the brain.
- How to recognize risk in the classroom and speak about difficult issues with students and incorporate exercises that help lower stress and improve academic performance
For more information about NMSIP’s Education and Training Programs:
Telephone: 505-820-1066 or 505-473-6191