State launches suicide-prevention portal

The Illinois Governor’s Challenge is encouraging people from across the state to become part of this crusade to prevent suicide among Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF). Most recently, it launched its training portal for people to become trained in suicide prevention. Its goal is to enlist 70,000 medical professionals, including hospital staff, primary care physicians, police, fire, EMTs and correctional officers, state and local Veteran Service Organizations, social workers and therapists, workplace leaders, school principals, teachers and counselors, faith leaders, and others interested in this effort.

Participants will be trained in best practices for preventing suicide by professionals in the field of behavioral health and suicide prevention. They will better understand the challenges and barriers to treatment and how to reach a Veteran before and during a crisis. Participants will also learn to identify the signs of a person considering suicide and how to communicate effectively along with strategies for safely storing firearms. The online and in-person program includes 15-20-minute training modules. Training participants will earn certificates of completion and licensed employees can earn CEUs upon course completion.

— Veterans Assistance Commission of Lake County

For more about the Governor’s Challenge, click here.

For more about the VACLC, click here.

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