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CALM (Counseling on Access to Lethal Means): A Suicide Prevention Training

  • February 05, 2024
  • 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM
  • NHADACA, 130 Pembroke Road, Suite 150, Concord, NH 03301
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A 3.5-hour Training with Elaine de Mello, LCSW

February 5, 2024

8:30am-12:15pm


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PRESENTATION: Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people ages 10 to 34 in New Hampshire and the eighth leading cause for those of all ages.  We know that many attempters are as ambivalent about suicide as they are about life.  Preventing these suicides is a very complex puzzle that requires all of us to work collaboratively to complete the picture.  One piece of that puzzle that has proven to be effective is to reduce access to lethal means – particularly firearms and medications. This workshop addresses why and how to do this, focusing on the steps below. The workshop includes: power point presentations regarding why CALM is important, a model videotaped counseling session, plus time for discussion and role plays.

Four specific CALM steps: 

  1. Explain that you believe that the individual or a family member is at risk for suicide and why you have made this determination 
  2. Explain that they can reduce the risk by reducing access to lethal means 
  3. Discuss specific steps they can take to remove or at least reduce access to firearms, medications and other lethal means 

  4. Make this part of a more comprehensive suicide prevention strategy 


Following the completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the association between access to lethal means and the risk of suicide death and the contribution that reducing access to lethal means has on preventing suicide deaths.
  • List at least 2 examples of skills, language and resources to collaboratively discuss reducing access to lethal means with individuals at risk for suicide and/or their families.
  • Identify resources related to CALM.
  • Demonstrate skills, language and resources to collaboratively discuss reducing access to lethal means with individuals at risk for suicide and/or their families.


    ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Elaine de Mello is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked in the mental health field since 1978 as a clinical program manager in inpatient and community settings; she also served as an emergency services clinician and director of Quality Improvement. Additionally, Elaine worked for seven years as a school counselor, taught as a member of the faculty at Plymouth State University for 18 years, and as a Child Impact Program teacher at Riverbend Community Mental Health Center. Elaine has worked full time with NAMI NH since 1999 where she had a lead role in the development of the Connect Suicide Prevention and Postvention Program, a national best practice. Elaine has provided training and consultation in mental health and suicide prevention throughout the United States and Canada in a variety of settings including state and tribal entities, community coalitions, schools and campuses, health care facilities, and military and paramilitary organizations.  She serves as a trainer for the NH Police Standards and Training Council, and is also a master trainer in AMSR, CALM and Connect and is certified in conducting psychological autopsies through the American Association of Suicidology.  Elaine serves on the NH Suicide Fatality Review Committee and has been the co-chair of the NH Youth Suicide Prevention Assembly since 2003. She has served on the national faculty for Zero Suicide. Elaine is a 2012 recipient of the NH State Suicide Prevention Award. 


    REGISTRATION FEE: *NHADACA Members $40;  *Non-Members $50; *NBCC included. For registration information contact: 603-225-7060 or training@nhadaca.org

    3.5 Contact Hours Available
    CRSW Performance Domains: 1-4 (Suicide Prevention) 
    LADC/MLADC Categories of Competence: 1, 4-5, 11-12 (Suicide Prevention) 
    CPS Domains: 2-3, 6 (Suicide Prevention) 
    NBCC: LICSW/L-MFT/LCMHC (Category 1) & Psychologist Category A
    NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. ACEP No 6754. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NHADACA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

    PLEASE NOTE: Only one registrant per form.  For multiple registrants you must register each one individually.  Registration is not complete or guaranteed until payment is received.  Payment by means other than credit card may slow down completion of registration.  Checks and cash are still accepted, however, your registration will be placed on a pending list until payment is received.  We strongly encourage payment by credit card for training of high demand topics.  Thank you.

    This training is financed under a contract with the State of NH, Department of Health and Human Services, with funds provided in part by the State of NH and/or such funding sources as were available or required, e.g., the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

    This training is financed under a contract with the State of NH, Department of Health and Human Services, with funds provided in part by the State of NH and/or such funding sources as were available or required, e.g., the United States Department of Health and Human Services.


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