Suicide Prevention

The state of Virginia has a suicide rate of 13.1% per 100,000 people (2019). To address this, Virginia’s Office of Behavioral Health and Wellness is implementing suicide prevention trainings and initiatives that are carried out by Community Service Board’s workforce, including behavioral health and substance use providers.

Virginia’s Community Service Boards offer several trainings to help clinics, schools, and community groups assist someone who is at risk of suicide. These trainings range from one-hour sessions to intensive, multiple-day interactive trainings. Trainings provide information about warning signs and steps to how to help someone who is having thoughts of suicide.

Virginia Initiatives:

  • Lock and Talk: promotes limiting lethal means for someone who is suicidal and encouraging them to talk about suicide. This program provides educational materials about suicide, and free safety/restriction devices for guns and medications.
  • Zero Suicide is a planning, training, and treatment model for suicide prevention in health and behavioral health systems. Zero Suicide takes a system-wide approach to improve outcomes, close gaps, and transform how patients are screened and the care they receive.

Additional resources can be found here: Suicide Prevention – Virginia Department of Health – VDHLiveWell

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