Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Trainings

The following universal gatekeeper trainings provide basic foundational skills in suicide prevention and were selected based on review by the Training and Education Team.  Customized trainings/presentations are also available for your workplace or community setting. Our trainers are experienced in ASIST and SafeTalk, as well as AFSP Talk Saves Lives.

Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper Trainings for Suicide Prevention

QPR is designed to provide learners the basic skills necessary to recognize the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide. The QPR Gatekeeper Trainings are funded by Marin County.

As a QPR-trained Gatekeeper, you will learn to:

  • Recognize warning signs of suicide
  • Know how to offer hope
  • Know how to get help and save a life

Audience: Anyone in a position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide such as: parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, office supervisors, caseworkers, firefighters, and many others.

Training Length: 1.5-2 hours 

Cost: FREE

Format: This training is provided online and self-directed.

Registration Instructions: 

1. Navigate to:

2. Enter the organization code MCDHHS

3. Select Create Account

4. Complete and submit student registration form

5. QPR will display and email the newly created Username and Password.

6. Login to begin using the provided username and password at

Questions: Please email the BHRS Prevention and Outreach Team

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Talk Saves Lives

Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention for Educators and Community Members
This presentation will cover what we know about this leading cause of death, the most up-to-date research on prevention, and what we can all do to fight suicide. Participants will learn the common risk factors for suicide, how to spot the warning signs in others, and how to keep ourselves, our loved ones and those in our community safe. Participants will be empowered with tools to remain connected through the socially-connected yet physically-distant requirements.  Presented in English with Live Spanish Translation.

Dates (Choose One):

 Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Monday November 21, 2022 (LGBTQ+ focus). Register here.

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Tuesday May 16, 2023 (LGBTQ+ focus). Register here.


Buckelew Suicide Prevention Training

As a PEI provider, The Buckelew Suicide Prevention Training program provides foundational suicide prevention information. This training is interactive and can be customized to meet the needs of the audience and address topics impacting groups who are disproportionately impacted by suicide, including LGBTQ or older adults.  Participants will learn about:

  • Facts and terminology about suicide.
  • Warning signs
  • Risk and protective factors
  • How to communicate with someone in distress using helpful phrases
  • Local resources

This presentation is available in Spanish. 

Register:  Contact Steve Diamond, Program Director,  Buckelew Programs.

Mental Health First Aid: Youth and Adult

Marin County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, through Mental Health Services Act/Prevention and Early Intervention, is offering a FREE Adult Mental Health First Aid training, Thursday, December 8th from 8:30am - 5pm. Registration is required and space is limited. Please click here to register. Please feel free to share the attached flyer with those who might be interested.

This course will teach how to help an adult who is experiencing a mental health or addiction challenge or is in crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges for adults and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. Anyone can take the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course – including first responders, students and teachers, leaders of faith communities, service providers, and caring citizens. This course is not intended for trained mental health providers.

Please contact Veronica Caldera at with any questions.

Spanish Language Suicide Prevention Training

If you are seeking a Spanish-language only suicide prevention training, please contact the BHRS Prevention and Outreach Team.