The Science of Suicide Prevention and Mental Resilience Training

Length of Course:

8 Hours Course


16 hours Course

16 -hour time block and is broken up into distinct modules

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The Science of Suicide Prevention and Mental Resilience Training

Two-Day Course

Day #1: 8AM-5PM

Day #2: 8Am-5PM


Lead Instructor’s Name POC: Margret Younis

Date: TBD: August, September, October 2021

Course Target Population: Law Enforcement, First Responders

Delivery Method: Lecture, Individual and group practical exercises, self-assessments, case studies, and an interactive training structure that allows participants and the instructor to engage in real discussions.


This course is designed to provide officers with an understanding of the psychology of suicide, fear, stress, emotions, thoughts, and behaviors that result from critical incidents or traumatic events, and utilize such knowledge to provide effective behavioral interventions that can mitigate the potential psychological impact that those events can have on the officers.

This course is designed as a proactive approach to suicide prevention. The skills and resources taught during this course may help save the life of an officer. The course provides cognitive and behavioral tools necessary to sustain officer’s mental health, build emotional resilience, and reduce the risk of suicide before a crisis point.

The purpose of this course is to sharpen your officers' awareness of their own self and teach them how to utilize their own psychological functions to decrease anxiety, lower the effects of stress, identify errors in their own thoughts and behaviors, and course correct the way they think, feel, and behave.

The course introduces officers to specific functions and the architectural design of the human brain. Officers will learn how different parts of the brain are responsible for trauma processing, emotions, stress, fear, anxiety, and PTSD. It will provide an understanding of the importance of knowing the correlation between biological activities and psychological events, and how this correlation affects decision making, emotions, and behavior.

At the end of our course officers will be able to:

  1. Define the concepts of trauma and mental health crises as they pertain to law enforcement officers.

  2. Define the concept of stigma.

  3. Promote the attitude that suicide prevention is the responsibility of every officer in the department.

  4. Define the concept of suicide ideation and identify its consequences.

  5. Identify risky behaviors and implement protective factors to prevent suicide ideation in the self and others.

  6. Analyze their emotions and the quality of their own thinking patterns, and course correct them before a crisis point.

  7. Utilize knowledge of neurological, biological, and psychological functions to identify thinking errors in themselves and others, and course correct them accordingly.

  8. Gain a better understanding of mental processes applicable to law enforcement officers, and demonstrate understanding of correlations between the brain and the mind, the mind and behavior, and thinking processes and emotions.

  9. Recognize thinking patterns and behaviors in themselves and others that indicate an increased risk of depression.

  10. Identify and analyze protective factors, risk factors, and warning signs and apply psychological, cognitive, and behavioral tools that will enable improved thinking processes and behaviors.

  11. List the consequences of suicide for fellow officers, family, and society.

  12. Understand the mechanism of the fight or flight response, and its associations with aggression, anxiety, excessive force, and decision making processes.

  13. Implement threat analysis and behavioral interventions to control fear and promote resilience.

  14. Apply psychological strategies and skills to their own unique situations and take an active role in self-recovery.

  15. Employ psychological strategies designed to decrease anxiety, stress, and negative thinking patterns.

  16. Replace uncertainty in their own behavior with a strategic approach to self-development.

  17. Explain the causes of PTSD and recognize symptoms and behavior of an officer experiencing PTSD.

  18. Analyze behavior without bias and think strategically to implement solutions.

  19. Demonstrate an awareness of cognitive distortions and biases that impact perspective and influence behavior.

  20. Incorporate components of peer support training methodologies: assess and effectively address immediate needs and critical concerns in order to mitigate emotional suffering, and promote healthy decision-making.

  21. List suicide prevention resources.