Trainings and Getting Involved

Suicide Prevention Trainings


YOU can be an important part of preventing suicide in your community. Understanding suicide prevention, intervention, and response is not only valuable for mental health service providers, but is important for every single person in our community. Friends, family members, teachers, classmates, neighbors, law enforcement, medical providers, members of the clergy, and many others can benefit from knowing the signs and what to do! Please consider bringing one of these trainings to a group you’re involved with, and know that the Taskforce can help make it happen! Contact the Montgomery County Suicide Prevention Taskforce Communications Chair if you would like help bringing a training to your group!

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer- 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. The Gatekeeper Training can be delivered in as little as one hour, and attendees leave prepared to recognize the warning signs of suicide, knowing how to offer hope, and how to get help and save a life. People who can be trained as Gatekeepers include parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, office supervisors, squad leaders, foremen, police officers, advisors, caseworkers, firefighters, and many others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide. The Montgomery County Suicide Prevention Taskforce has QPR trainers available, please contact Erin Hewitt for more information!

Get Involved!


Make suicide prevention training and awareness a part of new hire orientations and ongoing staff development, no matter your business or industry.

FREE Suicide Prevention materials, including:
  • Suicide Safe Mobile App for smartphones
  • Suicide Assessment Five-Step Evaluation and Triage Pocket Card for Clinicians
  • Lifeline wallet cards and magnets
  • Suicide Awareness brochures in English and Spanish
  • Web banners and logos that can be added to websites and social media
Put them around your office space, place on tables during events, distribute to all staff, hang magnets on your fridge, include in welcome packets to new members, post on community boards, add banners and logos to social media and websites.

About the Montgomery County Suicide Prevention Taskforce


The mission of the Montgomery County Suicide Prevention Taskforce is to develop and implement strategies to reduce the risk of suicide in Montgomery County through the collaborative efforts of community agencies and service providers.

Major Projects of the Taskforce


Monthly Taskforce Meetings (Start at 9:30am)


  • February 19th in Room G/The Big Picture Room (1st floor)
  • April 16th in the Community Room (1st floor)
  • June 18th in the Community Room (1st floor)
  • August 20th in the Community Room (1st floor)
  • October 15th in the Community Room (1st floor)
  • December 17th in the Community Room (1st floor)
If you're interested in attending any of these meetings, please contact ehewitt@montcopa.org for information about date, time, and location.SPTF Transparent