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Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention Training:

Online training available from August 1, 2019:

K-12 Suicide Prevention – Postvention Online Training – updated training from the UNL Public Policy Center. There are three online training modules addressing prevention and postvention, available through this web link. If you have any questions about the training, please contact ppccourses@unl.edu or call 402-472-5678.


Nebraska Kognito training is free to Nebraska public schools through September 30, 2019. After that, cost will be at the district’s expense. Visit the Kognitio site:  https://nebraska.kognito.com/   If you have trouble with the Kognito site, please call 1-866-449-8834 or email support@kognito.com


Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer – the three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Go to this link: https://qprinstitute.com/ There may be a fee for this training.


Making Educators Partners in Youth Suicide Prevention

This online training is offered at no cost through the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide. The training focuses on the competent school community model, helps educators and school staff to understand their role for suicide prevention and how important it is to recognize their potential role as “Trusted Adults.” Click on this link:  http://sptsuniversity.org/

Intent of the Law:

Per LB 923: School personnel will have at least one hour of suicide awareness and prevention training each year.

To equip school personnel with information that could save the life of a student; recognizing signs and symptoms of suicidal behaviors and methods of responding to students in crisis. School personnel are critical components of a suicide prevention plan.

LB 923 Required Audience:

All public school nurses, teachers, counselors, school psychologists, administrators, school social workers, and any other appropriate personnel are legislatively mandated to participate.

Target Audience:

Per LB 923: School personnel will have at least one hour of suicide awareness and prevention training each year.

Any school staff member having contact with students (i.e., In addition to required audience, para-professionals, administrative/secretarial staff, bus drivers, custodians, kitchen staff, etc.)

Rationale for System Approach:

  • Provide equal access to quality training for all school staff members statewide.
  • Create statewide focus of training toward suicide prevention. As teachers move to different schools, new districts can be assured teachers have previously received adequate training in suicide awareness/prevention.
  • Afford teachers and staff opportunity to enhance assets for personal resume.
  • Construct systems across public and non-public schools, also including education majors in higher education across our state.
  • Collect statewide data to support and inform future decisions about youth suicide awareness/prevention training.
  • Select statewide training emphasis based on Nebraska needs and data.
  • Create common suicide prevention language.

Please note:

Each district is responsible for documenting this suicide training for their staff. This documentation should be accessible to the Nebraska Department of Education for proof of completion.

Updated September 10, 2019 12:00pm