Umatter® Suicide Prevention Programs

Umatter® was developed based on 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 registered program of the Center for Health and Learning (CHL). CHL seeks to disseminate Umatter® nationally and work with partners to continue to refine and develop the program.

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Overview of Programs

Umatter® Suicide Prevention Awareness and Skills Training

Umatter® Suicide Prevention Awareness and Skills Training aims to enhance knowledge, comfort, and skills to identify those at risk for suicide in your organization or community, and resources to get help.

Umatter® for Schools

Umatter® for Schools Suicide Prevention is a national best practice program for suicide prevention developed by the Center for Health and Learning (CHL). Participant groups from schools should include school teachers, administrators, counselors and community members.

Umatter® for Youth and Young Adults

Umatter® for Youth and Young Adults (YYA) promotes youth mental health and leadership skills. CHL works directly with adult advisors within school systems to support the delivery of a curriculum focused on building resilience and promoting help-seeking behaviors. Participants are supported in creating a Community Action Project to impact their community.

Umatter® Training of Trainers

Umatter® Training of Trainers is a program that equips individuals, who have previously completed the Umatter® Suicide Prevention Awareness and Skills Training program, to facilitate the training in their communities or places of work. Participants will gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence along with the materials and support to bring suicide prevention awareness to their communities. Participants will help others identify:

• signs and symptoms of suicide;
• risk and protective factors;
• when and how to refer for more help; and,
• how to access resources.

For more information, contact:

Cristina Maddocks, M.S.
Suicide Prevention and Umatter® Program Specialist

Tel: (802) 251-6341