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Training: Suicide Prevention in the Emergency Department

“Suicide Prevention in the Emergency Department” is a free online interactive training developed by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee, and the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network/TSPN. The purpose of the training is to increase education for hospital emergency department staff about mental health and suicide, the screening, assessment, and referral process of patients at risk for suicide, environmental risk factors for suicide in the hospital setting, means reduction,  and referral materials to provide to patients upon discharge. 

Completion of the course provides the participant with one hour of continuing education towards certification by the National Association of Social Workers, the Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselors Association, the National Board for Certified Counselors, the American Academy of Family Physicians, or for Nursing Competence certification.

This course can be used alongside Emergency Department Resource Toolkits, which consists of three brochures developed by the National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI. These kits include information and resources not just for emergency department staff but also information that can be provided to persons who have attempted suicide and their families. You can request resource material and additional Emergency Department Resource Tool kits for your hospital by contacting TSPN at

To access “Suicide Prevention in the Emergency Department” click here:
   (If you need technical assistance please contact TSPN at or call 615-945-5558)

  1. In the top right corner of the screen: Register as a new user
  2. In the bottom left corner of the screen: Hover your mouse over photo and click “subscribe”
  3. Click “subscribe” again
  4. Log in with your username and password
  5. Press play to begin the course.

Brochures are available below: