The Mitch Warnock Act
Signed by Governor Ducey on May 9, 2019, the Mitch Warnock Act requires all schools (public & charter) statewide to provide suicide prevention training to school personnel who work with students grades 6th through 12th starting in school year 2020-21.
Trainings That Comply with the Mitch Warnock Act
Currently, the following trainings apply for the Act’s requirements. Like all of our workshops, Teen Lifeline does not charge for staff time to provide these trainings. However, there may be fees for materials.
SafeTALK: This three-hour training program by LivingWorks prepares “helpers” to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. Participants include anyone who might want to help; minimum age is 15.
ASIST: This two-day training program by LivingWorks prepares participants to identify and respond effectively to persons considering suicide. Participants include anyone who might want to help; minimum age is 16.
Youth Mental Health First Aid: This eight-hour program by the National Council for Behavioral Health introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for helping young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.
More Than Sad: This training by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention aims to increase knowledge of the warning signs of youth suicide, so adults who work with teens are better prepared to identify and refer students who may be at risk.