NATIONAL ALLIANCE EVIDENCE SUPPORTED PROTOCOLS & TRAINING: HOW TO BECOME A FRAMEWORKS COMMUNITY ON MENTAL ILLNESS NH The core of the Frameworks Project is evidence TRAINING AND CONSULTATION PACKAGES: supported/best practice protocols (frameworks) for • Training is tailored to suit the needs of your responding to suicide thoughts, threats, attempts, and deaths. These have been designed to improve the organization, coalition, or community. Train the Trainer methodology is used as a vehicle to help Frameworks interface between key provider groups (including gatekeepers) resulting in an integrated response to suicide events. Two sets of protocols have been • ensure Project sustainability. Training combined with technical assistance helps Youth Suicide Suicide Prevention created. One set focuses on suicide prevention and intervention. The second set focuses on activities • improve fidelity to the model and outcomes. Technical assistance and consultation is available Prevention Project Tools Across the following a suicide death (postvention). Each set of to assist communities and coalitions interested in protocols provides specific guidelines for a service provider’s response to a suicide event. The protocols implementing a community-based suicide prevention effort. Training modules include: - Prevention and Intervention Lifespan also contain lists of resources, and an extensive appendix. All protocols have associated training - Postvention modules that are both didactic and interactive. • While the Project focuses on youth and young Specific protocols and training materials have been adults to age 24, protocols and training materials developed for: can be applied across the lifespan, and training can • Community Gatekeepers be customized for any age groups, college setting, • Social Service Agencies or community. • Law Enforcement • Primary Care Providers CONTACT US: • Teens/Students • Clergy For more information about the Frameworks Project, • Judiciary go to our website www.naminh.org, or to inquire • Schools/Educators about training and consultation contact: • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Providers • Emergency Medical Services Kenneth Norton LICSW • Emergency Departments Frameworks Project Director • Funeral Directors NAMI NH (National Alliance on Mental Illness NH) 15 Green Street, Concord, NH 03301 PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP: email@example.com (603) 225-5359 The Frameworks Project is proud to have earned the support of public and private funders including: Suicide A COMMUNITY-BASED MODEL FOR: Prevention Partnership, French Foundation, Endowment • SUICIDE PREVENTION for Health, SAMHSA, Geoffrey E. Clark and Martha If you or someone you know is in crisis or emotional Fuller Clark Fund, and NH Charitable Foundation. distress, and you don’t know where to turn, call the • INTERVENTION Suicide Lifeline (24/7): 1-800-273-TALK (8255) • POSTVENTION RECOGNIZE, CONNECT! RECOGNIZE, CONNECT! Frameworks Youth Suicide Prevention Project Frameworks Youth Suicide Prevention Project National Alliance on Mental Illness NH National Alliance on Mental Illness NH (NAMI NH) (NAMI NH) www.naminh.org www.naminh.org GOALS: COMMUNITY-BASED: EVALUATION: The goals of the Frameworks Youth Suicide The Frameworks Project staff collaborates with Project evaluation is conducted by the University of Prevention Project are to: reduce youth suicide and existing community coalitions to bring together New Hampshire Center on Adolescence. Results the risk of suicide events; improve access to individuals (gatekeepers) and key service providers to demonstrate that Frameworks training: increases behavioral health care by implementing a sustainable be trained to implement the Project. The coalition participants confidence and sense of competence to community-based approach that changes attitudes, works to identify and reduce community risk factors, repond to suicidal youth; reduces stigma regarding behaviors, and improves skills; strengthen coalitions enhance protective factors, and identify community help seeking; increases the likelihood that youth will and service provider roles and responsibilities; and assets. Working together, the coalition strives to close seek adult assistance for a friend at risk and; increases foster collaborative problem-solving. Evaluation gaps and reduce fragmentation in the service delivery participants belief that they are aware of resources in guides all Project activities. system with a goal of improving help seeking their community. Additional evaluation information behavior, promoting early detection and treatment of is available on the NAMI NH website. Project staff A PUBLIC HEALTH APPROACH: mental illness and substance use disorders, and are available to work with each community to customize improving access to mental health care. an evaluation component for their respective Everyone plays a part in suicide prevention whether Frameworks Project. you are a friend, neighbor, service provider, or trained Using a train-the-trainer model, Frameworks increases professional. The Frameworks Project works with the competence and confidence of individuals and STIGMA REDUCTION: individuals and communities to effect systemic and communities to respond to suicide events. sustainable change. In order to accomplish this Frameworks focuses on teaching community members The Frameworks Project takes a two-pronged change, implementation efforts focus on three key how to: approach to reducing stigma. The first is to work with components: • Recognize - youth at risk of suicide; local media to educate them about the SPRC Media • Prevention - education about early • Connect - with the youth; Recommendations for responsible reporting of suicide recognition • Connect - the youth to a qualified health care events. The Project has also developed specific • Intervention - skills for responding to provider who can assess risk; and messages to reduce stigma and increase help seeking attempts, thoughts, and threats of suicide • Connect - the community to work together on behavior which are incorporated into all trainings and • Postvention - appropriate response after a community risk and protective factors and to suggested public messages. suicide (Postvention becomes Prevention) reduce youth suicide. MATERIALS: CULTURAL AWARENESS: The Frameworks Project materials include protocols The Frameworks Project teaches the importance of and accompanied trainer manuals that support key understanding the impact cultural beliefs and suicide prevention components recommended in the practices have on suicide prevention, intervention, National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP) and postvention. Our approach begins with the including stigma reduction activities, lethal means understanding that each individual and each restriction, media recommendations, and promotion of community has unique cultural risk and protective effective clinical and professional practices all of factors which must be well understood and taken which promote access to health care. Project into account. Frameworks has a particular focus on materials also include an implementation guide and rural culture and how this impacts on suicide evaluation tools and strategies. prevention efforts. RECOGNIZE CONNECT!
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