Suicide Prevention Programs

MMA and its Foundation Offer Suicide Prevention Training

August 2019

The MMA and its Foundation are partnering with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to offer two train-the-trainer opportunities.  These are available at no charge for MMA members who have an interest in leading suicide prevention workshops for colleagues.

Question-Persuade-Refer Gatekeeper Trainer Certification

The first opportunity is for Question-Persuade-Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Trainer Certification. This certification program is designed to prepare physicians to conduct hour-long workshops to train colleagues to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis, and to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.

The QPR Gatekeeper Trainer Certification includes a 12-hour course you will take on-line, followed by a 1:1 meeting with NAMI’s suicide-prevention training expert to learn NAMI’s training standards and to gain access to their available handouts.      


Counseling on Access to Lethal Means Trainer Certification

Early in 2020, the MMA and its Foundation, in partnership with MDH, will offer a Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM) train-the-trainer workshop. The CALM trainer certification is designed to certify you to lead 90-minute workshops for physicians that share counseling strategies to help patients at risk for suicide and their families reduce access to lethal means, particularly (but not exclusively) firearms. Training is available for up to 30 MMA members.  

The CALM trainer certification is an in-person training and it will be led by Elaine Frank, the curriculum’s co-creator. The CALM program has developed over time with the benefit of initial funding from the Suicide Prevention Partnership/Gutin Family Foundation and in collaboration with Means Matter, a project of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center.

For more information on the QPR or CALM training, contact Kristen Gloege