Ribbon Gatekeeper Training
The Yellow Ribbon program supports and follows the
Canadian National Suicide Prevention Strategy.
The Yellow Ribbon Gatekeeper training helps any "trusted
adult" to recognize and understand the symptoms, risk factors, and
warning signs of suicide. A "trusted adult" is can be a parent,
grandparent, coach, Scout or Guide leader, teacher, playground supervisor,
school administrator, or school counselor. In short, anyone a child
or youth sees as accessible to them.
To make approaching "trusted adults" easier, the Yellow
Ribbon Program developed the "It's OK to Ask 4 Help" card.
The Yellow Ribbon Cards are:
Pocket sized cards that empower and encourage teens
to seek help in times of crisis. Cards that help give a 'voice'
to youth who otherwise might be lost to suicide.
Teens who have attempted suicide have told us that
they were in such a state at the time they tried to kill themselves
that they couldn't, in many cases, really call out....they could
only scream a silent scream!
We are not asking, or teaching anyone
to be a counselor. Instead, we teach you to be a link.
Yellow Ribbon It's OK to Ask 4 Help cards!
Basic principles of the "Be-a-Link®"
Gatekeeper training are:
- To educate people to be Gatekeepers,
such as school staff (certified and classified), parents, peers,
elders and the community to recognize suicidal behaviors in youth
and adults. Yellow Ribbon's Be-A-Link!® Gatekeeper Training gives
the training and the tools to effectively educate youth and adults.
It does not overburden school staff with too much information
or require them to take on too much training or responsibility.
It teaches and encourages the effective Be-A-Link!® protocol thus
not displacing or replacing professionals already in place and can
help reduce the liability issue for teachers, school staff and
- Explain what the Yellow Ribbon program® is...
(The Yellow Ribbon program® offers support to friends
and family of suicide victims. As Yellow Ribbon is a Survivor
Founded and led program, the emphasis is on supporting survivors
and working with the new 'high-risk' people in a community following
both suicide attempts and completions. YR works with victim advocate
groups and survivor support groups throughout the country to assist
bringing a greater focus on effective survivor crisis response
- how it began
- the Canadian statistics
- How Yellow Ribbon Addresses Suicide
- Identifying Suicidal Clues
- Myths & Facts
- Factors of suicide (risk factors, warning signs & protective
- Lifesaving Strategies
- YR cards
- Talking to teens about suicide
- Coping Strategies
- Be-A-Link Protocal Information
Community Development Model
Research has shown that the most effective and long lasting suicide prevention
programs are those that are community based and involve many sectors of the community: schools,
churches, employers, sports groups, clubs, friends and peers.
Many communities have difficulty in planning and organizing a local suicide prevention
program and many are not aware of the resources they have at hand. The Community Development Model
assists communities in planning, organizing, training, implementing and funding a local suicide prevention
initiative using their local assets. It uses a seven-step model that has been proven to work and includes
public and school presentations as well as gatekeeper training. The Model also provides tools for maintaining
and replicating the suicide prevention initiative by training community presenters and includes school,
community and media protocols to follow when a suicide happens.
The Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program® Community Development Model meets
many of the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention goals and objectives in the National Strategy for
The Community Development Model has been used very successfully in many cities in
the United States, most notably Littleton, Co. and has recently been introduced to Canada. Many
communities have benefited from having a designed and tested model from which to work in organizing
and implementing a community based Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program®.
Contact the Yellow Ribbon program
for additional information.
Presentations, Workshops, and Seminars
Yellow Ribbon's presentations
and workshops can help start you and your community on the path
of developing a strong suicide prevention program. These events
are in high demand. People are taking action and becoming advocates
of saving youth. Participants, youth and adults, are enthusiastic
and empowered by knowing they can help save lives! Presentations
can be held in your local community.
Barbara's presentations have helped many people through
this difficult time, whether or not they have considered suicide,
or known someone who has attempted or committed suicide. Read their