Education, Training, and Awareness

The Rapid City Suicide Prevention Taskforce was created to raise awareness and reduce the incidence of suicide within our community. Various trainings are offered:



QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)
1-2 hour training for the general public to recognize the warning signs of a suicidal crisis and refer someone to assistance. For more information, click here.


QPR Suicide Triage Training for First Responders

A 4-8 hour training for first responders on assessing suicide risk level. Recommended for first responders ages 18+. For more information, click here.


QPRT Suicide Risk Assessment and Management Training Program

An 8-10 hour training for caregivers, health care providers, and mental health professionals treating those patients at elevated risk for suicidal behaviors while improving their detection, assessment, and management skills in all settings and across the age span. For more information, click here.


safeTALK (Suicide Alertness For Everyone)
A three hour training that prepares people to identify someone having thoughts of suicide and connecting them to suicide first aid resources. Ages 15+ accompanied by adult. For more information, click here.


ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills)
Anyone can learn how to do a suicide intervention and keep someone safe while getting them mental health care. This unique training provides for group interaction and role-playing which mandates participation for two entire days. Ages 16+ accompanied by adult. For more information, click here.


Mental Health First Aid
Two-day course teaches you to identify and help people with mental heath problems, including depression, anxiety, bipolar depression, schiophrenia, alcohol and drug addictions, etc. Ages 18+ For more information, click here.


Call for more information to meet specific needs and interests. Trainings occur frequently. To inquire about the training schedule or to host a training for your staff, clientele, and/or organization, please call (605) 348-6692.

Medical Providers and Schools

Primary Care Toolkit: Primary Care & Mental Providers

  • Toolkity guiding implementation of a suicide prevention, early indentification and intervention program in primary care and medical settings.
  • Develops clinic's policies and procedures related to suicide interventions

    Sudden and Traumatic LOSS Training for Caregivers and First Responders:

    One day training for any caregiver and first responder on responding to and caring for someone or a community that has experienced a traumatic event, including suicide loss.


    Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR) - Clinicians/Caregivers
    One day training for the Mental Health Professionals on assessing suicide risk, planning treatment, managing ongoing care of at-risk patients.


School Curriculums: School-based Youth Suicide

  • Variety of evidence-based school curriculums tailored to meet the needs of the school demographics though a variety of suicide prevention and early indenification program
  • Includes: In Staff In-service Trainings, Classroom Materals, Awareness and Prevention materals for Youth, Review and Development of School Crisis Response Procedures.


Call for other "Specialized Trainings" for Primary Care Providers and Mental Heath Clinicians.

Future Suicide Prevention Trainings:

Mental Health First Aid for Older Adults and Those Dealing with Later Life Issues - 8:00-5:00. No cost to attend and CEUs included. For more information and to RSVP email Stephanie at: or 605-348-6692. Two Trainings Held:


January 11, 2017 - Spearfish - Countryside Community Church


January 25, 2017 - Rapid City - Knollwood Heights United Methodist Church