The Best Practices Registry (BPR) is a collaboration of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The BPR contains evidence-based (i.e., based on scientific research) practices for suicide prevention (Section I listings), as well as programs that include
– (1) guidance and recommendations created by experts or consensus processes (
Section II listings);
– and (2) programs, practices, and policies that have undergone review to assess whether the content is accurate, safe, likely to meet specified objectives, and consistent with standards of program design (
Section III listings).
A number of education and training programs are listed on the BPR. Because the BPR is updated with new programs regularly, we have elected not to list them all here. However, those interested in best practice trainings are encouraged to read more about the BPR
here or click on the Section links above for each specific section.


In Search of a Safer World: How Can We Protect Our Youth from Gun Violence? Presented by David A. Brent. M.D.Reviews the relationship between gun storage and availability and violent death in young people, including suicide, homicide and accidental death. Continuing education credits available.

Youth Suicide: Facts and Myths or Youth Suicide: It is PREVENTABLE,
presented by Matthew Wintersteen, Ph.D. You will be asked to sign in as a guest, and it will take a little time to download. Also, there are no Act 48 credits available for listening to the recording.

Webinar: Suicide Prevention in Rural Communities: On June 4, 2009, the Technical Assistance Partnership in Children’s Mental Health hosted a webinar on “Suicide Prevention in Rural Communities.” You can listen to the audio from the webinar as well as download the PowerPoint presentation.


Training Resources from the 2011 Youth Suicide Prevention Symposium

Theme: “Linking Together a Chain of Care: The Pennsylvania Model of Youth Suicide Prevention”

Watch the morning session, featuring an update on the status of the National Suicide Prevention Plan, ten years later, and a report on the completion of the three-year Garrett Lee Smith grant project in Lackawanna, Luzerne and Schuylkill Counties and the beginning of a new grant project in eight additional counties in the Southeast and Southwest.


Handouts from morning sessions:

Update on Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention in Primary Care Grant Update from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Slideshow from the 2011 Youth Suicide Prevention Symposium

Webinarsavailable from Well Aware, a comprehensive, multi-platform strategic communications program to help school leaders better understand the link between academic outcomes, emotional wellbeing of students and suicide prevention. Well Aware is a project of the PDV Foundation which seeks to advance suicide prevention through strategic communications.

The AAS Live Learning Center has a number of archived sessions from their Annual Conference available for preview and purchase.

SPRC Research to Practice Webinars address the science of suicide prevention in practical terms. They are designed for practitioners, researchers, and others working in the field. Each invitational webinar is 90 minutes in length and moderated by an SPRC staff member.

Suicide Prevention among LGBT Youth: A Workshop for Professionals Who Serve Youth, Suicide Prevention Resource Center (2010). Free workshop kit to help staff in schools, youth-serving organizations, and suicide prevention programs take action to reduce suicidal behavior among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth. Materials can be personalized to fit your context.


The Trevor Lifeguard Workshop is a video workshop by The Trevor Project designed for educators, school counselors, school nurses, and others who regularly interact with youth.

The Trevor Lifeguard Workshop video trains students to a) identify the challenges faced by LGBTQ people, b) recognize the warning signs of suicide, and c) respond to someone who may be in crisis in a way that keeps themselves and their peers safe. This video training is based on Trevor’s in-person workshop that is listed in the SPRC/AFSP Best Practice Registry for Suicide Prevention and is free of charge to educators and youth service providers.


The SAMHSA/SPRC page hosts webinars from SAMHSA and its partners dedicated to a variety of suicide-related topics, such as the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, suicide and intimate partner violence, research advances, and much more.