Grizzlies Response: Awareness and Suicide Prevention

Pawley Hall
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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GRASP Training
This training was developed by the GRASP team to address the needs of students, faculty and staff at OU. The material is based on current best-practices and evidence-based practices from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, along with the needs identified by GRASP's annual survey. The training includes:
  • Background information on mental illness and suicide
  • Warning signs of mental illness and suicide
  • OU-specific information and resources
  • Skills to approach an individual in-need
Participants will receive a certificate of participation. Training is open to OU faculty, staff and students.

Length: 1.5 hours

Cost: free

Technology requirements: LCD projector

We prefer a minimum of 10 participants but may be able to accommodate smaller groups; contact for more information. We are happy to deliver the training to classes and have done so efficiently with groups of up to 125 students.

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Mental First
Aid Training
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognized, "in-person training that teaches you how to help people developing a mental illness or in a crisis". The material is based on current best-practices and  evidence-based practices. Participants have been demonstrated to:
  • Grow their knowledge of signs, symptoms and risk factors of mental illnesses and addictions.
  • Identify multiple types of professional and self-help resources for individuals with a mental illness or addiction.
  • Increase their confidence in and likelihood to help an individual in distress.
  • Show increased mental wellness themselves.
Studies also show that the program reduces stigma. Participants will receive a certificate and manual upon completion of the entire program. Any group in southeastern Michigan can request training.

Length: 8 hours of instruction. Allow an additional 1-2 hours for breaks and lunch. The training can be delivered in a single-day session or split into two 4-hour sessions. 

Cost: Free through 9/30/2014 (paid for by a grant from the Michigan Department of Community Health). The cost after 9/30/2014 is yet to be determined.

Technology requirements: LCD projector

Number of participants: 10-30. Individuals interested in participating should contact to inquire about open trainings.