What is Umatter® Suicide Prevention?
Everyone needs help in life, and sometimes offering help can be life-saving. The message behind Umatter is: “You matter because you may need help, and You matter because you may be in a position to help.”
Umatter® is a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention that draws on national best practices for teaching people about how helping fits into mental health. It covers the basics of suicide prevention, how to recognize the difference between a risk factor and warning sign for suicide, and what to say and do. Learn more about Umatter® programs here.
Overview of Programs
Most people are likely to reveal their despair and intent to hurt themselves to others and adults around them. When prepared, youth, adults, and professionals can respond correctly when anyone needs help. Umatter® Suicide Prevention Training of Trainers trains participants to identify, intervene, and get help for dealing with suicidal ideation and plans.
When a suicide occurs it affects an entire community. Umatter for Communities educates the professionals that work within our communities to be effective in suicide prevention efforts.
Umatter® for Youth and Young Adults (YYA) is a youth leadership and engagement initiatives that includes a full day of interactive training, design and implementation of a Community Action Project (CAP) in their school community, and presentation of CAP at an event with their peers.
Download a PDF which describes all of our Umatter® Programs
Umatter® Public Information
Umatter® also includes a public information campaign. The central message of this campaign is that you matter because you may need help, and you matter because you may be in a position to help.
The resources include:
- Youth and Professionals Brochures and Posters
- Wallet Cards
- Radio Spots and Videos
About Umatter® Suicide Prevention
Umatter® was developed based upon a review of other suicide prevention programs to determine key concepts. Research from the American Association of Suicidology and the academic literature regarding suicide were applied. Once program goals and objectives were developed, experiential learning activities were designed to reach all learning preferences and styles of participants to ensure the maximum transfer of knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Umatter® is a program of the Center for Health and Learning. CHL seeks to disseminate Umatter® nationally and work with partners to continue to refine and develop the program. Please give us your feedback and contact us for more information.
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