Free virtual suicide prevention training


The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation is offering a free, hour-long, evidence-based virtual suicide prevention training for Ohio’s K-12 staff. This training can be helpful for staff who provide virtual instruction and virtual check-ins with students.
We know some students may be feeling anxious or depressed during this time. The online Kognito training uses an avatar to walk teaching staff through a step-by-step process of talking to students at-risk of suicide. Participants learn the following skills:

  • Recognizing the warning signs that a student may be suffering from psychological stress, including anxiety, depression, substance use and suicidal ideation;
  • Initiating a conversation with a student to build resiliency and help parents and students identify sources of support;
  • Motivational interviewing techniques and how to avoid common pitfalls, such as attempting to diagnose the problem or giving unwarranted advice; and
  • How to connect parents, guardians and students to appropriate support services.
This training is free to any Ohio K-12 teacher, faculty and staff member. To access this training, go to and create an account with the enrollment key: ospfstaff.