Guyana Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training
The Guyana Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training aims to (1) increase knowledge about suicide, depression, and trauma, (2) address beliefs and attitudes about suicide and mental illness, (3) reduce reluctance to intervene and stigma of mental illness, and (4) increase self-efficacy and skills to intervene with a person at risk of suicide in Guyana. Additionally, workshop attendees are trained and certified to conduct of the evidence-based Columbia Protocol — also known as the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C‐SSRS) and related suicide safety planning.
Learn more about our previous trainings
- Guyana Service Learning and Cultural Immersion Program Addresses Suicide Prevention
- Guyana Learning and Cultural Immersion Programme: understanding and preventing suicide in Guyana
- American University hosts suicide prevention workshop
Dates and times to be announced
Description: FREE Online 4-Day Training Series to Prevent Suicide and Promote Healing in Guyana.
- Day 1: increase knowledge about suicide, depression, and trauma in Guyana
- Day 2: address attitudes about suicide and mental illness
- Day 3: develop skills to intervene with persons at risk of suicide
- Day 4: enhance habits of positivity, self-compassion, and healing
Attendance: This is a 4-part series, 3-hours per day for anyone interested in learning skills to intervene in suicide crisis among Guyanese individuals. You can attend one or more days at your discretion.
- July 12-15, 2022
- July 30-31, 2019
- July 25-27, 2018
Guyana Inter-agency Suicide Prevention
Mental Health Resources
- Nadine Ramsarran We Care Holistic Psychotherapy Services: 647-0985
- Dr. Moses John Roderique, Dr. MJR’s Consultancy: +592-675-2448, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mrs Sharon Dyall, Guiding Minds Therapy: 667-0330
- Anju Vivekananda, Inner Peace Psychotherapy and Counselling Services: 613-9255, email@example.com
- Solutions Counseling Services: 643-2979
- Tull Clinical Psychotherapy Services: 697-5528
- Ministry of Human Services and Social Security Hotline Services: 914
- ASPIRE Youth Network: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination: 225-7283; WhatsApp: +592-600-5124
- Bhiro Harry, Psychiatrist at Dr. Balwant Singh Hospital: 671-1878*
- Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association: 225-6493*
- Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation: 226-7210; 226-7214; 226-7219; 227-2240*
- Ministry of Public Health (Mental Health Unit): Hotline: 655-SAFE (7233); 226-1407; 226-7400*
- Michelle Amsterdam, Trauma Therapist: 676-8557*
- Corriverton Domestic Violence Counselling Centre: 333-3887*
- Help and Shelter: 225-4731; 227-8353; 227-3454; www.hands.org.gy*
- Ministry of Social Protection (Childcare and Protection Agency): 227-0138; 225-6545; 227-0979*
- Ministry of Social Protection (Probation and Social Services Department): 231-6556*
Addiction/Substance Abuse Resources
- Phoenix Recovery Project: 220-6825
- Al-Anon: 233-5844; 600-0832
*May not be in service
Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda Support and Referral Centre: 1268-463-5555
Samaritans of Barbados Hotline: 246-429-9999
E-mail Helpline: email@example.com
Emergency/Ambulance Services Hotline: 511
Crisis Center Hotline: 246-435-6134
Centro de Valorização da Vida (CVV): www.cvv.org.br; blog.opencounseling.com/hotlines-br
AMA National Association: 90035191
CVV Sao Paulo National Association: 55-11-31514109
CVV – Belém: 91-3223-0074
CVV – Belo Horizonte: 31-334-4111
CVV – Cuiaba: 65- 321- 4111
CVV – Rio De Janeiro: 21- 233-9191
CVV – Copacabana: 21- 236- 0536
Crisis Center Hotline: 345-943-2422
Other Hotlines and Resources: alexpantonfoundation.ky/emergency-contacts
Emergency Hotline: 999
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
Línea Familiar Contigo (emotional support for children/adolescents): 809-636-3507
1-800-273-8255 (free and confidential support, 24/7)
Haiti Emergency Hotline: 114
Asistans Sikolojik an IJANS: 2919-9000
Hotline: 1-888-429-KARE (5273)
Saint Kitts and Nevis
National Suicide Prevention Line: 800-273-8255
Social Emergency and Crisis Center: 09-8392-4005
Suicide Hotline: 203 National Mental Wellness Center: 758-452-7393
St Lucia Crisis Centre: 1-758-453-1521
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Suicide Hotline: 9784-456-1044
St. Vincent and the Grenadines Emergency Hotline: 999 and 911
Crisis Line: 520-5556
Other Services: www.mhf.sx/care/crisis-intervention-5
Suriname Emergency Hotline Telephone: 112
Trinidad and Tobago
Hotlines and Resources: www.findcarett.com/helplines
Lifeline: 800-5588; 866-5433; 220-3636
Hotline: 868-645-2800; 868-645-6616
Telefono de la Esperanza: 0241-8433308
- Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS)
- SAFE-T Protocol with C-SSRS (Columbia Risk and Protective Factors) - Recent 2021
- C-SSRS Community Card Friends and Family
- C-SSRS Demonstration Videos:
- C-SSRS App
- Safety Planning Intervention for Suicide Prevention: Free, online course describes safety planning intervention and describes steps in creating a safety plan.
- Safety Planning Guide Highlights most important points to cover in developing a safety plan.
- Patient Safety Template: Filled out collaboratively by clinician and patient and used independently by patient to help ensure safety. Safety planning guide used to ask to facilitate development of plan.
- Crisis Support Plan Used by patient and clinician to enlist social support from a friend or relative should a suicide crisis recur. Explains roles that supportive individuals can take to help protect person at risk for suicide.
- Patient Care Management :Primary Care Pocket Guide, SAFE-T Pocket Card, Safety Planning Guide, Patient Safety Plan Template, and Crisis Support Plan
- Stanley Brown Safety Plan (Apple Devices)
- Beyond Now Suicide Safety Plan (Android Devices)
- American Association of Suicidology - A Handbook for Survivors of Suicide
- Beyond Surviving: 25 Suggestions for Survivors
- American Association of Suicidology and National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention - A Manager’s Guide to Suicide Postvention in the Workplace: 10 Action Steps for Dealing with the Aftermath of Suicide
- Special Considerations for Telling Your Own Story: Best Practices for Presentations by Suicide Loss and Suicide Attempt Survivors
- Severity Measure for Depression PHQ-9 Adult
- Severity Measure for Depression—Child Age 11–17
- Depression: what you should know
- Living with someone with depression?
- Staying positive and preventing depression as you get older
- American Psychiatric Association - DSM-5-TR Online Assessment Measures
- Severity Measure for Depression—Parent/Guardian of Child Age 6-17
- Virtual Hope Box (Android Devices)
- Virtual Hope Box (Apple Devices)
- How to Develop Self-Compassion by Russ Harris
- Not Today, Negativity!: 5 Habits of Positivity to Cope, Hope and Be Well in Tough Times by Dr. Oneeka Williams
- UCLA - Free Guided Meditations
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- Stabroek News. (2021). Three studies to help Guyana address ‘suicide pandemic.’
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- Safety Planning Intervention for Suicide Prevention: Free, online course describes safety planning intervention and describes steps in creating a safety plan
- Education Development Center - Counseling on Access to Lethal Means
- Education Development Center - Preventing Suicide in Emergency Departments
- Pan American Health Organization - Preventing Self-harm/suicide: Empowering Primary Health Care Providers
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center - Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Primary Care Practices
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center - Suicide Prevention among LGBT Youth: A Workshop for Professionals Who Serve Youth
- Center for Practice Innovation (CPI) - CSSRS Training
We are currently investigating the effectiveness of the suicide prevention training. We are also interested in examining individual and systemic factors impacting suicide rates in Guyana and robust, culturally tailored interventions to reduce suicide risk. If you are interested in collaborating on studies, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “Guyana Research Collaboration.”