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Training Programs Offered by Helpline Center

The Helpline Center provides a variety of mental health and suicide prevention training in South Dakota. We invite you to attend an upcoming training or schedule a training today to learn the steps on identifying and responding to mental health and suicide.

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Contact Sheri at 211 or (605) 274-1406 for more information.


Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is for anyone—regardless of prior experience—who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid. Shown by major studies to significantly reduce suicidality, the ASIST model teaches effective intervention skills while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community. This is a 2-day training.

Means Restriction Training

Restriction Education is designed to help educate parents and adult caregivers of at-risk youth recognize the importance of taking immediate, new action to restrict access to firearms, alcohol, and prescription or over-the-counter drugs in the home. The intervention also gives parents and caregivers specific, practical advice on how to dispose of, or lock up firearms and substances that may be used in a suicide attempt.  The targeted audience would be staff from the Emergency Department and behavioral health staff. 

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Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches the general public how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps individuals identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness. The program helps build mental health literacy, helping the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness. 

Mental Health First Aid offers specialty modules in: Higher Education; Military Members, Veterans & Their Families; Public Safety; Older Adults; and Rural Communities

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid reviews the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents ages 12-18.  This 8-hour course emphasizes the importance of early intervention and covers how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge using a 5-step action plan.


QPR stands for Question, Persuade and Refer, three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. In this one to two-hour training, participants first learn about the nature of suicidal communications, what forms these communications take, and how they may be used as a stimulus for a QPR intervention.

QPR offers specialty modules in: School Health Professionals; Farmers; School Setting; Native American; Late Life Suicide; Residential; Law Enforcement & Emergency Service Professionals; and Youth


The QPRT Suicide Risk Assessment and Management Training Program is an 8 hour course for health professionals that is designed to reduce mental health consumer morbidity and mortality by standardizing the detection, assessment, and management of patients at elevated risk for self-directed violence in all settings and across the age span.  QPRT is very different than the general QPR, which targets the general public to identify warning signs of suicide and intervene. The QPRT suicide risk assessment protocols are guided clinical interviews developed through expert opinion and anchored in the scientific literature on suicide risk assessment. Protocol questions produce a standardized suicide risk assessment that includes documentation of risk and protective factors, current suicidal ideation, desire, intent, planning, past attempts and other self-report of suicide capability.  This training targets behavioral health and health professionals that assess and manage patients at risk for suicide. 

Safety Planning

Safety Planning is used to provide people who are experiencing suicidal ideation with a specific set of concrete strategies to use in order to decrease the risk of suicidal behavior. The safety plan includes coping strategies that may be used and individuals or agencies that may be contacted during a crisis. The Safety Planning Intervention is a collaborative effort between a treatment provider and a patient. 

Shield of Care

Shield of Care is an 8-hour, evidence-informed curriculum that teaches juvenile justice staff strategies to prevent suicide in their correctional facility environment. There is also a refresher course for those who have taken the training in the past.

Suicide Prevention for Primary Care

Primary Care is a one-hour presentation for primary care practitioners and staff on how to recognize the warning signs and risk factors of suicide and how to intervene. It includes detailed information about warning signs and risk factors as well as a brief office intervention that includes assessing and/or screening, as well as safety planning and guidelines for referral to services and supports for individuals in any risk category. It also includes information about developing an Office Plan of Action that can assist your providers and staff to be prepared to assist individuals who may be in a suicide crisis.