Mental Health 101, Suicide Prevention & De-escalation

June 25, 2024

2 - 3 pm ET


Attendees can participate at any time in the series.

This session is an introductory training to help identify, understand, and respond to mental health disorders. It also includes helpful strategies for suicide prevention and de-escalation techniques applicable to nursing homes.

Learning objectives:

  1. Define and discuss common mental health disorders in nursing facilities.
  2. Discuss causes contributing to the onset or exacerbation of symptoms.
  3. Provide awareness of suicide prevention.
  4. Identify helpful de-escalation strategies nursing home staff can use to support residents with mental health conditions.  ‌


Bryan G. Stephens, MA, MBA, CPCS, LPC

Founder and CEO of TalkForward

the center of excellence for behavioral health in nursing facilities (COE-NF)

Established by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in partnership with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the COE-NF offers Certified Medicare and Medicaid Nursing Facility Staff a centralized resource hub with easy access to trainings, technical assistance and additional resources, at no cost.

What We Do

We help nursing facilities to improve the quality of life and care provided for residents who are experiencing a variety of behavioral health disorders, with a focus on Serious Mental Illness (SMI), Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and Co-Occurring Disorders (COD).

Who We Help

We provide direct technical assistance, evidence-based training, and resources that are appropriate for every member of your long-term care facility — from those providing day-to-day direct care, to clinical and administrative staff.