Community Crisis Training Opportunities

Ozark Center Crisis Services offers many suicide prevention training opportunities throughout the year.  Please call 417.347.7600 for more information.

Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid USA (MHFA USA) course is designed to increase mental health literacy, decrease stigmatizing attitudes in our communities, and encourage people to seek assistance for any potential mental health problem. Certified MHFA USA Instructors teach the 12-hour course and instruct nonclinically trained individuals who don’t specialize in mental health how to give first aid to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis situation or who are in the early stages of a mental health disorder.

Participants learn the signs and symptoms of the most common mental health problems, where and when to get help, and what type of help is effective.  The fee for the class is $30 and includes a training manual.

Question, Persuade, Refer - Gatekeepers for Suicide Prevention
Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) are simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer someone to help.

In this 1-hour course, individuals learn to recognizethe warning signs of suicide and how to apply steps that can save lives. Each participant receives a QPR booklet and card with information on suicide prevention, in addition to resource information for treatment providers and support groups within their community.

Question, Persuade, Refer, Treat for Professionals
Question, Persuade, Refer, Treat (QPRT) is an 8-hour course that introduces professionals to suicide risk assessment from a medical, psychological and legal perspective. QPRT is the standard suicide risk assessment and safety plan integrated into medical treatment and referral plans. Students will enjoy increased competence and confidence in the assessment and management of those at risk for suicide.  

Additionally, students will learn:

  • Suicide risk assessment documentation
  • Clinical decision making
  • Skills to conduct a suicide risk assessment
  • Standardized suicide risk assessment production

Counseling on reducing the Access to Lethal Means
Suicide is the 10th most common cause of death for those of all ages, and the 3rd leading cause of death for young people ages 15-24 in Missouri. Preventing these suicides is a very complex puzzle that requires all of us to work collaboratively to complete the picture. One piece of that puzzle that has proven effective is reducing access to lethal means–particularly firearms and medications.