I CAN HELP
Suicide Risk Reduction and Basic Needs Education Program
for UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE Faculty, Staff, and Students
I CAN HELP is Suicide Risk Reduction Program for College and University Campuses. Programs such as I CAN HELP designed for students, faculty, staff, and other non-mental health professionals are sometimes called a Gatekeeper Trainings. The I CAN HELP program can be provided to faculty, staff, or student leaders in only a few hours (2.5-4 hours depending on your needs), and has no licensing fees. Materials are available for educational use at no cost, and train-the-trainer programs can be arranged for those who want more support. Please see below for more details, information on scheduling a train-the-trainer event, or view the I CAN HELP content overview.
How does the I CAN HELP program compare to other campus gatekeeper training programs?
We know suicide prevention programs work and are more likely to be used that CPR training, yet less likely to be given. So, if you're not using one on your campus, please find one, and start. If you already have individuals in your campus trained in one of the other nationally recognized training programs (e.g. Campus Connect, QPR, Mental Health First Aid, etc.) and it's meeting your needs, that's fantastic.
Balancing depth of content without making the program too long or too short is a big challenge. I CAN HELP does a decent job at this balance, with a program that we recommend allotting 4 hours for. This means you can easily provide it in a single morning or afternoon session, without worrying about lunch breaks/costs, and you're likely to get more participation than a full day training. You an also split it up into 1.5 hours, and 2.5 hour segments on two separate days if you need.
Another feature that sets the I CAN HELP program apart is the breadth of its focus. Wellbeing is a whole-person activity, and goes well beyond just thinking about suicide. I CAN HELP includes information about trauma, adverse childhood experience, alcohol and other drug use, other basic needs like food insecurity, growth-mindset and resiliency, high conflict personalities, boundary setting, and more. All together this means you an achieve a range of education in a single program.
I CAN HELP training materials are also based on cutting edge suicide prevention research and aligns intervention strategies intentionally with campus retention goals (see below for more information about both of these points).
HOW CAN THIS PROGRAM POSITIVELY IMPACT retention?
The core intervention strategies of the I CAN HELP program have been specifically designed to align with high impact practices to improve student success and campus retention. Please fill out the contact sheet below if you would like more detailed information.
WHERE can I learn more about Three Step Theory (3ST)
I CAN HELP is based on one of the leading new theories in suicide prevention, the Three-Step Theory (3ST), which is supported by significant empirical evidence.
David Klonsky and Alexis May have argued that an “ideation-to-action” framework should guide suicide theory, research, and prevention. From this perspective, (a) the development of suicide ideation and (b) the progression from ideation to suicide attempts are distinct processes with distinct explanations. As a primer, we suggest this article on the Three-Step Theory (3ST).
Can I use these materials for free?
The goal is to support as much positive change as possible at campuses accross the coutry. The materials are yours to use for educational purposes, just cite them properly and don't sell them. If you want to use the materials in conjunction with other campus-specific trainings, go right ahead as well. And, if you have ideas about how to improve the materials, please let us know using the form below.
I CAN HELP by Brian Mistler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Based on a work at drmistler.com/resources.
I CAN HELP OVERVIEW / TABLE OF CONTENTS
PRESENTATION SLIDES & TRAINER HANDBOOK
The presentation slides and trainer handbook are both currently being updated with major improvements. Please complete the quick form below to be notified and sent free materials when available or check back again June 2018.