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About This Event

Suicide has been the second-leading cause of death for young Hoosiers between the ages of 15 and 24 since 2009. According to the Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book, one in five Indiana high school students seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year and one in six have made a plan for attempting suicide.

CALM: Counseling on Access to Lethal Means is a workshop designed to help providers implement counseling strategies to help clients at risk for suicide, and their families, reduce access to lethal means, particularly (but not exclusively) firearms. This session will introduce attendees to:

  • background on suicide data and lethal means;
  • an introduction to firearms;
  • video presentation that models the counseling strategy; and
  • a presentation and discussion on conducting a counseling session

Feel free to bring your program or resource information to share and to arrive early to stay after for additional networking.


  • Richard Coleman

    Richard Coleman is an educator and corporate trainer and consultant. Rick serves on the Southwest Indiana Suicide Prevention Coalition, the H.O.P.E. Team, which reaches out to families when a suicide occurs, and the Indiana Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). In addition to co-facilitating the Survivors of Suicide (SOS) Support Group, Rick is a CALM, QPR, ASIST, and SafeTALK trainer.

  • Linda Evinger, MSN, RN, WHNP

    Linda Evinger, MSN, RN, WHNP, is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor Emerita in Nursing at the University of Southern Indiana, Evansville. Linda has been a member of the Southwestern Suicide Prevention Coalition for over ten years. She is a founding member of the H.O.P.E. team (loss team) of Vanderburgh and Warrick County. Linda is trained in QPR, ASIST, CONNECT, CALM, CIS-D and Individual and Group Crisis Intervention. Linda is also a suicide loss survivor.