Suicide Prevention for People with ASD-IDD/MH

Training for 988 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Screeners

The National Center for START Services at the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability/UCED developed a training for suicide prevention workers who may be contacted by people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (including Autism Spectrum Disorder, ASD) and mental health needs (hereinafter referred to as ASD-IDD/MH), seeking help through the 988 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.


Registration Opens in August 2022

For more information please contact the NCSS Training Department


Course Description:

This online, on-demand training will enable 988 (The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) screeners to better respond to the needs of people with ASD-IDD/MH who call the Lifeline seeking help.  The training was developed by the National Center for START Services with experts in suicide prevention for people with ASD-IDD/MH and will include current best practices. All training developed by the National Center for START Services is evidence-informed, strengths-based, trauma-informed, and culturally competent. 

Structure: Virtual, on-demand; (3) 20-minute video training modules

Cost: $49.00 per participant

Languages: English, Español

Topics Covered:

  1. How to conduct an interview to engage with people who may have ASD-IDD

  2. Prevalence, signs & symptoms of suicidality amongst people with ASD-IDD

  3. Overview of available suicide screening tools that can be utilized

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this 3-part training program, participants will:

  1. Describe at least five (5) key factors related to the prevalence, signs & symptoms of suicidality amongst people with ASD-IDD

  2. Utilize skills and approaches outlined within presentations to effectively engage with people with ASD-IDD who contact the 988 lifeline

  3. Identify and describe suicide screening tools that can be utilized when engaging with people with ASD-IDD

Continuing Education: Each module will have an accompanying multiple-choice quiz. Those who score 100% will receive a Certificate of Completion for that module. Those who score less than 100% will have the opportunity to re-take the quiz. 


Registration Opens in August 2022