• How to Have a Caring Conversation About Suicide
The deadline for this training has been extended. Thank you to the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for its continued support.


How to Have a Caring Conversation About Suicide

Developed May 2021

Deadline for completion is September 30

2 CEs

This training is approved for CE for social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists in the state of Ohio. This training is approved for chemical dependency counselors in domain C7 and prevention professionals in domain PR1.

Level of Course | 100 Beginner

Everyone is a gatekeeper for suicide prevention. You do not have to be a mental health professional to save a life and to have a caring conversation with someone who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts. However, asking the question, “Are you thinking about suicide?” can be especially overwhelming for someone to find themselves asking because of the stigma and misinformation surrounding suicide and suicide prevention. This training will provide participants with the confidence and competence needed when engaging with someone who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts and how to effectively refer them to the appropriate mental health and/or crisis services.

This course is constructed as reading-based and noninteractive.


  1. Learn the warning signs and risk factors associated with suicide.
  2. Learn how to engage in a conversation with someone who may be suicidal.
  3. Learn how to refer someone who may be suicidal to the appropriate behavioral health services and resources.

Presented by Austin Lucas, B.S.

Program Director, Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPF)

Austin Lucas serves as the Program Director for the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPF). He has been employed full time with OSPF since January 2018. He manages suicide prevention programming, training, events, education, and resources for federal and state grants. Additionally, Austin is the project lead for the Suicide Prevention Plan for Ohio Implementation Team, which ensures the goals and objectives in the Suicide Prevention Plan for Ohio are exceeded by the end of 2022. Austin works with many community-level partners in the State of Ohio, including local suicide prevention coalitions, government agencies, Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) Teams, mental health organizations, and many others. He is passionate about empowering communities to spread suicide prevention training, knowledge, and skills throughout their locality. His passion for suicide prevention derives from his personal struggles with depression as well as having many friends and family members that live with mental illness. Austin is a certified Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR), Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), Working Minds instructor. Austin currently lives in Westerville, Ohio and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University.

Evaluations will be immediately downloadable and must be completed to receive CE credits. Certificates will be available to download once the once the evaluation is received.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. Please contact us at cswce@osu.edu should you need further assistance.



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Generously funded by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

The Ohio State University, College of Social Work is an approved provider for the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist (CSWMFT) Board. Provider Number: RCST111747

The Ohio State University College of Social Work is an approved provider for The Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. Provider Number: 50-24068