Youth and adults are encouraged to become a Certified Yellow Ribbon Trainer. All Yellow Ribbon trainers have participated in the 2-day Yellow Ribbon "Train the Trainer" Program. Trainers are required to renew & re-certify every 2-years. A Trainer is certified to use the Yellow Ribbon Ask-4-Help!® & Be-A-Link!® trainings within their community, they are not certified to train other trainers. The Fee for Trainers/Re-certification is the 2-Day Training Fee. Certified Trainers will be listed on the Yellow Ribbon International Website.
Community Readiness Action Plans
Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training
Yellow Ribbon Standards for Safe and Effective Messaging for Training Programs
*All Chapters & Certified Trainers must be approved by LFL/YRI
94% of the participants agreed that the training provided them with the tools and resources needed to function as a LINK for suicide prevention and were given tools to help build a community-wide suicide prevention initiative. 96% agreed that they would recommend training to others.
I highly recommend this training to all community, mental health and school personnel.
- L. M. Kansas
I am so happy to have received this training. I’ve wanted to do something about suicide in our community and was afraid to do the wrong thing. Thanks again!
- D.B. in Colorado
It is not uncommon for teens to think about suicide. Every year 1 in 5 teens seriously considers suicide and youth will most often seek help from their peers. It is imperative that youth are provided the tools to recognize other youth who may be at risk for suicide and the knowledge of how to respond if they are concerned. Studies have shown that youth peer training is an effective practice for education for youth. Designated a National Best Practice program, Yellow Ribbon utilizes a unique community-based model that increases the competence and confidence of youth to recognize and respond to suicidal individuals. Modified to be age and culturally appropriate, the curriculum follows the recognized safe messaging prevention practices.
Anyone in an organization can potentially be trained in what is known as “suicide prevention gatekeeper training.” (National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention 2012). Suicide Prevention Trainings are a key step in preparation and readiness for individuals and communities in both prevention and postvention.
Yellow Ribbon’s Be A Link!® Community Gatekeeper Training is a community friendly, peer-based, non-clinical training. It teaches simple, effective tools of help between those in need and help resources. It emphasizes the important role parents, school personnel and other trusted adults can play in helping at-risk young people. This core model is appropriate for any adults, professional and non-professional. Yellow Ribbon has feedback that shows that trusted adults such as school bus drivers, coaches, custodians and scout leaders have been instrumental in helping save lives after receiving the training.
Some elementary teachers, when learning of a suicidal death of a former student have asked “what could I have done, what should I have known, what could I have seen with this child in my class to have helped prevent this tragedy?” This curriculum is part of the answer to these questions, as it develops the skills necessary to protect children if they become suicidal at some point in their life.
Yellow Ribbon’s Elementary Ask 4 Help® curriculum specializes in the ongoing development and reinforcement of the following protective factors in children and youth. Many of these protective factors will look very familiar, as they are synonymous with or identical to, student outcomes and support systems listed in 21st Century Skills. (21stcenturyskills.org). This curriculum follows the recognized safe messaging prevention practices.
To support the fidelity of this training program, follow the training sequence.
Tuesday, December 5, is easily the best day to give!
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