The Higher Education Suicide Prevention Workforce Initiative is part of the Missouri Suicide Prevention Coalition (formerly the Suicide and Safety Working Group), and seeks to ensure that future behavioral, physical, and allied health care professionals are trained in suicide assessment, referral, and counseling on access to lethal means. By offering clients high-quality suicide care, these future social workers, nurses, physicians, and allied health professionals can reduce suicide risk among some of the most vulnerable individuals.

Through the Missouri Suicide Prevention Coalition, a collaborative initiative developed by scholars, medical professionals, community leaders, and citizens, we seek to increase the number of future medical and allied-health practitioners who are trained to respond to those at risk of suicide, especially those with access to lethal means. The Initiative is committed to advancing curriculum changes that will include educating about suicide warning signs and how to help those at risk voluntarily reduce access to lethal means (e.g., firearms, pharmaceutical) during a suicidal crisis and by providing educational materials and suggesting options for safe storage of lethal means (e.g., private facilities, gun lock, removing ammunition, etc).