Virtual: Connect Suicide Prevention for Behavioral Health Clinicians

Sponsor: New Hampshire Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association


Mental health and substance use clinicians play a key role in assessing and managing safety with individuals at risk for suicide. Integrating evidence-based strategies, the Connect Suicide Prevention program utilizes a unique community-based, public health approach to increase the competence of substance use and mental health providers in identifying and assessing suicide risk and working with individuals to achieve and sustain recovery and resiliency.  This Connect Suicide Prevention and Intervention Training includes application of evidence- based practices identified in a Zero Suicide approach to include suicide risk formulation, safety planning, lethal means reduction and care transitions. There will be discussion on how to integrate key community services and support systems for creating an effective and comprehensive safety net.  As a result of attending this training, participants will be able to:

  1. recognize demographics related to risk factors and warning signs of suicide and strategies for intervention; 
  2. Understand evidence based practices concerning restricting access to lethal means, safe messaging and care transitions; and 
  3. Learn a research based model for risk formulation leading to safety planning.

PRESENTER:  Elaine de Mello is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked in the mental health field since 1978 as a clinical program manager in inpatient and community settings; she also served as an emergency services clinician and director of Quality Improvement. Additionally, Elaine worked for seven years as a school counselor and currently teaches on the faculty at Plymouth State University and as a Child Impact Program teacher at Riverbend Community Mental Health Center. Elaine has worked full time with NAMI NH since 1999 where she had a lead role in the development of the Connect Suicide Prevention and Postvention Program, a national best practice. Elaine has provided training and consultation in mental health and suicide prevention throughout the United States and Canada in a variety of settings including state and tribal entities, community coalitions, schools and campuses, health care facilities, and military and paramilitary organizations.  She serves as a trainer for the NH Police Standards and Training Council, and is also a master trainer in AMSR, CALM and Connect and is certified in conducting psychological autopsies through the American Association of Suicidology.  Elaine serves on the NH Suicide Fatality Review Committee and has been the co-chair of the NH Youth Suicide Prevention Assembly since 2003. She has served on the national faculty for Zero Suicide. Elaine is a 2012 recipient of the NH State Suicide Prevention Award.

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Event Details

January 26, 2022
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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