Suicide intervention training is much like learning CPR. For example every community should be filled with people trained in CPR and have a handful of MDs to help with follow up care as needed. If I had a heart attack at Walmart I would not necessarily want a surgeon cutting on me with a hunting knife in the sporting good department, but I would want someone who knows CPR.
This is the goal of the I WILL INTERVENE CHALLENGE to train as many people as possible is suicide first aid. We want them spread out in communities everywhere - on the ball fields, the school rooms, the churches and any other place where hurting people, which in reality is everywhere.
Recently one of our workshop participants did an intervention within a few hours after the class as he was checking out of the hotel. He recognized the signs of risk in a hotel employee and was able to provide the necessary first aid and connect the person with resources for further care. This is so powerful. The more we train the more life saving opportunities will happen.