Be A Link Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training


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Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program

Direct training costs vary depending upon the location and number of participants to be trained. Contact Dale or Dar Emme for more information.

The program toolkit is available for $299.95. The toolkit includes trainer manuals for the Be A Link! And Ask for Help! programs, associated PowerPoint presentations, and Ask 4 Help wallet cards.


Developed by Yellow Ribbon, Be A Link! is a two-hour adult gatekeeper training program. The program can be implemented in a variety of settings, including schools, workplaces, and community groups. The training provides participants with knowledge to help them identify youth at risk for suicide and refer them to appropriate help resources. Training includes information on:

  • Risk and warning signs of suicide.
  • Community referral points for those who may need help.
  • Crisis protocols for those who may be at risk.

Training materials include a PowerPoint presentation (provided on a CD) and a Be A Link! trainer’s manual, which includes talking points for each of the PowerPoint slides, a program overview and outline, an FAQ, preparation worksheet, recommendations for safe and effective messaging, and links to additional resources.

Program Objectives

After participating in the Be A Link! training, participants should have:

  1. Increased knowledge of warning signs of suicide.
  2. Increased understanding of protocols for referring youth to helping resources.
  3. Increased knowledge of help resources.

Implementation Essentials

If implemented in a school setting, a school-based crisis management plan, such as those found in the Maine Youth Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention Guidelines should be adopted prior to implementing Be A Link!

2012 NSSP Objectives Addressed: 

Objective 7.1: Provide training on suicide prevention to community groups that have a role in the prevention of suicide and related behaviors.