Upcoming suicide prevention training events:

The Maine Suicide Prevention Program training schedule, containing training details and registration information, is located at the bottom of this page.

  • Save the Date – Friday, May 6, 2016 at the Cross Insurance Center, Bangor, Maine

The Beyond the Basics conference serves as a "best practice" conference offering participants in-depth and progressive information and the latest research in the field of suicide and suicide prevention. The conference is designed for an audience of professionals and individuals who have attained basic training and knowledge in suicide and suicide prevention and wish to expand their knowledge and ability to engage in suicide prevention. The Maine Suicide Prevention Program (MSPP) training programs are housed at the National Alliance on Mental Illness Maine Office (NAMI Maine) in Augusta. The MSPP Training Director can be reached by email at or by calling 207-622-5767 or toll-free in Maine at 1-800-464-5767. If you have any questions or want to request information about MSPP training programs, please contact the Training Director or go to Maine Suicide Prevention Training Programs web site.

To organize and provide MSPP training programs that reach multiple audiences statewide, NAMI works in partnership with the Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine (CCSME) and the Maine Primary Care Association (MPCA) and Maine Medical Association (MMA).

CCSME develops, markets and registers participants for the MSPP Beyond the Basics Conference. They also link behavioral health providers across the state to suicide prevention training.

MPCA links primary care professionals, including clinicians in school based health centers and Indian Health Services, to suicide prevention training.

MMA works to increase outreach and education to clinicians related to suicide assessment – including on-site training and technical assistance

These collaborations provide an experienced team and exceptional statewide MSPP training programs and services.

Suicide is often preventable. Early detection and appropriate treatment and supports are necessary ingredients to effective suicide prevention. The Maine Suicide Prevention Program, in the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC), DHHS, and our partners, are committed to excellence in suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention. By raising awareness, knowledge and intervention skills, Maine can realize lower suicide rates.

Training is the cornerstone of the Maine Suicide Prevention Program. The MSPP offers a variety of training and education programs that provide a face-to-face learning opportunity to dispel myths, address misconceptions, and increase knowledge and practice intervention skills to prevent suicide. Because suicide can happen in any age group, in any community, in families of any income or educational level, everyone has a role to play in learning about preventing suicide.

Continuing education in effective suicide prevention strategies is essential for those professionals in direct contact with individuals who may be at risk. Training facilitates the early identification, effective support and appropriate treatment of persons at risk. Suicide prevention is most effective when direct service staff are trained and suicide prevention knowledge is integrated into organizations and agencies providing services. Addressing suicide prevention in our community serving agencies is vital to the health and welfare of all persons living in Maine.

See the for training details and registration information.

Watch for upcoming information about the annual Beyond the Basics of Suicide Prevention Conference Friday, May 6, 2016.

For program content related questions contact:

The MSPP Training Director
NAMI Maine
1 Bangor Street
Augusta ME  04330
207-622-5767  or in Maine 1-800-464-5767