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Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training

South Dakota Codified Law 13-42-71 requires anyone applying for an initial or renewal certificate as a teacher, administrator or other education professional to participate in a minimum of one clock hour of suicide awareness and prevention training.

Guidelines for Training
The South Dakota Board of Education Standards has approved the following guidelines regarding this training:
  • Must be evidence-based;
  • Include information on youth suicide risk indicators; and
  • Include appropriate educator responses and referral sources
Required Documentation

A certificate of completion for the Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training must be submitted when an initial or renewal application is completed.

Approved Online Training
  • Save the certificate of completion as a PDF
  • Upload the certificate of completion as a PDF when you apply for your initial or renewal certificate
Approved In-Person Training
  • You should receive a certificate of completion following the training. Make sure the certificate is signed by the trainer and includes the name of the training, date, and your name
  • Scan and save the document as a PDF
  • Upload the certificate of completion as a PDF when you apply for your initial or renewal
District Approved Training
  • You should receive a certificate of completion following the training which must be signed by the trainer and the district. The certificate must also include your name, the number of clock hours, the course title, date, and location.
  • Scan and save the document as a PDF
  • Upload the certificate of completion as a PDF when you apply for your initial or renewal certificate
Sample Certificate of Completion:
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Approved Online Training

The online training options provided by the following organizations have been approved by the South Dakota Board of Education Standards as meeting the guidelines for online training.

The Jason Foundation
The Jason Foundation is an educational organization dedicated to the awareness and prevention of youth suicide. Online training resources include a series of modules which introduce the scope and magnitude of the problem of youth suicide, the signs of concern, risk factors, how to recognize young people who may be struggling, how to approach the student and how to help an at-risk youth find resources for assistance.
    Guidance for accessing the training:
    1. Click the "Training" link on this page
    2. Log in or Register.
    3. Select "2-Hour Courses" under "Catalog".
    4. Click on "Module 5 Youth Suicide: A Silent Epidemic".
    5. Select "Register to Begin".


Type Name of Training Link Cost Certificate of Completion
Online Module 5 Youth Suicide: A Silent Epidemic Training Free Yes


The Helpline Center
The Helpline Center is recognized for suicide prevention work in South Dakota.

Type Name of Training Link Cost Certificate of Completion
Online Making Educators Partners in Youth Suicide Prevention: Act on FACTS (60 min) Training Free Yes


See the “Approved In-Person Group Training” section as some in-person trainings are also offered in online or hybrid formats.

Approved In-Person Group Training

The in-person training options provided by the following organizations have been approved by the South Dakota Board of Education Standards as meeting the guidelines for training.

Type Name of Training Description Cost Certificate of Completion Training Request Link
In-Person or Virtual QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) QPR has three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide: Question, Persuade, and Refer. People trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. QPR can be learned in as little as one hour. Learn more. Free Yes SD Suicide Prevention Request Training page
In-person ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) ASIST is a two-day, interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model. Learn more. Free Yes SD Suicide Prevention Request Training page
In-Person, Virtual, or Hybrid Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Youth Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Learn more. Free Yes SD Suicide Prevention Request Training page


South Dakota Prevention Network
The South Dakota Prevention Network includes Prevention Resource Centers (PRC) and other organizations and coalitions in South Dakota that provide suicide prevention training.
District Sponsored Training

School Districts may use Suicide Awareness and Prevention trainings that have not been approved by the South Dakota Board of Education Standards. If a district utilizes a provider not approved by the board, the district must ensure the guidelines are met.

School District Requirements:

  • Review and verify the training meets the guidelines adopted by the South Dakota Board of Education Standards
  • Ensure the training is a minimum of one clock hour
  • Provide participants with a certificate of completion which is signed by the trainer and the district. The certificate must include the following:
    • Name of training
    • Name of participant
    • Number of clock hours
    • Date of training
    • Location of training
    • Instructor signature
    • Approving district representative signature

Sample Certificate:
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Approval of Providers

Providers of the Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training must be approved by the South Dakota Board of Education Standards.

  • Approval Process for Online Trainings
    • Complete and submit the provider application form
    • SDDOE staff will review the training and determine if it meets the guidelines
      • If the training meets the guidelines SD DOE staff will present to the South Dakota Board of Education Standards for approval
      • If the training does not meet the guidelines SD DOE staff will provide feedback to the provider outlining why the training does not meet the requirements
  • Application Form
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Questions on Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training? Contact Andrea Diehm at (605) 220-3813. Questions on Educator Certification? Visit the Educator Certification webpage or contact the Office of Educator Certification at certification@state.sd.us.