Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention Training:

Selection of Programs: Programs with an evidence-base are priority for inclusion. The requirement for inclusion is to be listed on the National Registry for Evidence based Programs and Practices (NREEP) and/or the National Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) Best Practice Registry.

Data and plans will be evaluated and revised at the end of five years to include additional programs with an approved evidence and capacity for delivery to all Nebraska Schools.

Online or in-person training available from August 1, 2020:

Kognito: Interactive online 45-minute role-play simulation training. Participants can choose from three simulations: At-Risk for High School, Middle, or High School Educators. Certificate available upon completion. https://kognito.com/ Contact Jennifer Spiegler via email at jennifer@kognito.com, or phone, 212-675-9234. Cost is $33.60 per person: District level pricing varies by head count; volume discounts apply.


Jason Foundation: Participants can choose from four different online trainings. Each training module is one to two hours. (LGBT Prevention, Role of Educators, Childhood and Teen Depression, Bullying and Suicide). Each module provides valuable information to prevent youth suicide. Certificate available upon completion. https://learn.jasonfoundation.com/courses/  $0 District cost


Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR): In-person 1-2 hour education program designed to teach lay and professional “gatekeepers” the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond. Certificate available upon completion.  QPR website:  https://qprinstitute.com/organization-training

HHS: https://region5systems.net/

Online cost: $14.94 per person. In-person cost: Free. Contact local behavioral health region


Response – 3rd edition:  Comprehensive high school-based suicide prevention program. Offers response procedures to refer a student at-risk for suicide. Manualized Kit includes four student lesson plans and two-hour staff training. Certificate available upon completion. www.columbiacare.org/response.html $425 per kit.


Making Educators Partners in Youth Suicide Prevention: Two-hour online interactive training program designed in a series of modules. Addresses responsibilities of educators in the process of identification and referral of potentially suicidal youth. Certificate available upon completion. http://sptsuniversity.org/ $0 District cost.


Ask About Suicide to Save a Life:  Best practice gatekeeper online training that teaches how to identify suicide risk factors, warning signs, and referral strategies. Duration is about one hour. Certificate available upon completion. https://texassuicideprevention.org/training/video-training-lessons-guides/certification-training/  $0 District cost.

Intent of the Law:

Per LB 79-2145-46: 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.

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:

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 June 16, 2020 10:19am