Free training from Kentucky Educational Television (KET) is available to help school personnel fulfill a state requirement.
KET Education is offering a one-hour self-paced online course – “Suicide Prevention Train-the-Trainer Refresher” – for school counselors and other school- or community-based mental health professionals who train other school personnel in suicide prevention for grades 6-12.
Topics covered include:
- How to give students a voice in the training;
- How to recognize signs of suicidal ideation;
- How to deal with social media pressure;
- How students can find help for themselves or their peers;
- How to involve parents;
- How to use the tools available for risk assessment and other resources; and
- How schools can support student well-being by taking a strength-based perspective on mental health.
The course also reviews the suicide prevention training used for students in Jefferson County Public Schools.
State law requires public schools to provide a minimum of one hour of high-quality suicide prevention training for all school employees whose jobs put them in contact with students in grades 6-12.
This course is designed as a mid-year refresher, offered prior to winter break. At its completion, participants will receive a certificate for one hour of Effective Instructional Leadership Act (EILA) credit.