January 30, 2019

Additional Initiatives

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An evidence-based program, Sources of Strength is designed to harness the power of peer social networks to change unhealthy norms and culture, ultimately preventing bullying, substance use and suicide. Evidence shows that Sources of Strength’s move away from a “shock and trauma” approach to suicide prevention, towards one that uses Hope, Help and Strength messaging works to positively change school and/or community cultures around help seeking behavior, codes of silence, and perceptions of adult support.


To learn more about Sources of Strength, contact:

Liz Thorne
Matchstick Consulting

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is an emergency mental health intervention for those experiencing a suicide crisis. The program seeks to train individuals who, because of their contact with those who may be at risk of suicide, are often in the best position to identify and refer people thinking about suicide to important resources and services. The one to two-hour training teaches individuals how to recognize warning signs of suicide in someone, and how to question, persuade and refer them to help.


To learn more about QPR, contact:

Colleen Caddel
Lines for Life

CAMS (Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidology) is a therapeutic framework for suicide-specific assessment and treatment of a patient’s suicidal risk. It is a flexible approach that can be used across theoretical orientations and disciplines for a wide range of suicidal patients across treatment settings and different treatment modalities. CAMS training is available in book format, an online course, and in-person practical role-play training.


To learn more about CAMS, contact:

Maria Gdontakis Pos
Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs

CBT-SP (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Suicide Prevention) is a cognitive–behavioral psychotherapy program designed for patients who have previously attempted or thought of suicide. The intervention teaches patients skills to use alternative ways of thinking and behaving during episodes of suicidal crises and assists them in building a network of mental health services and social supports to prevent future suicide attempts. It is designed to be provided by individual therapists on a one-to-one basis.


To learn more about CBT-SP, contact:

Maria Gdontakis Pos
Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs

The goal of CALM (Counseling on Access to Lethal Means) training is to help clients at risk of suicide and their families reduce access to lethal means, including firearms and medication. This two-hour course is designed primarily for mental health professionals; however, those who work with populations at risk for suicide, including social services professionals and health care providers, may also benefit from the course.