Suicide Explained: What Leads Someone to that Moment

Suicide Explained: What Leads Someone to that Moment
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1Module 1
Recorded on: 2022-04-14
Unit 1Presentation Materials: Suicide Explained
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What drives people to end their lives? Amy Morgan leads the discussion on the factors that lead to suicide ideation, common myths surrounding it, and what can be done to prevent these unfortunate outcomes.

Amy Morgan is a certified trainer for Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and is trained in CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management), QPR (Question Persuade Refer), and Crisis Prevention Institute Non-Violent Physical Crisis Intervention. She is also the founder and CEO of Academy Hour, a training provider offering mental health & leadership courses to law enforcement, first response teams, and public safety personnel

Specifics of the webinar are on:

  • Statistics that demonstrate the prevalence of suicide and recommended resources for the most up-to-date facts and figures surrounding suicide.
  • Myths surrounding suicide that someone on the outside looking in tend to think of.
  • The tendency for people to conceal difficulties from others, the reasons behind this, and how these struggles can escalate into suicide.
  • The power of perception: How someone with suicide ideation thinks they are alone in their struggles and lack clarity in their thinking and decision-making.
  • How those with suicidal thoughts perceive ending their life as a means to relieve others of their burden which is contrary to the common misconception that suicide is selfish.
  • The planning and inner work required for a person to decide on ending their lives which is opposite to the belief that suicide is completely out of the blue.
  • What it takes to overcome the fear surrounding death, pain, and suffering and human nature’s tendency to save our own life.
  • The higher rates of suicide in law enforcement given the profession requires them to overcome the fear of life-threatening danger and their access to firearms allows them to follow through the suicide ideation.
  • How genetic predisposition, learned behaviors, mental disorders and illnesses, and personality characteristics increase the risk for suicide.
  • Things that transpire in our daily lives that may cause a person to start having suicidal thoughts.
  • The different forms of stress that we carry and the analogy that helps explain the process of how these stressors pile up until we grow weary to the point where letting go seems to be the only option.
  • How pain and loss can lead to suicide and how these look like which alludes to the higher rate of suicide completions for the elderly.
  • A rundown of warning signs to watch out for which may indicate suicide ideation.
  • Guidelines on how to effectively engage with a person exhibiting suicide red flags.
  • Resources to provide and connect an individual with to get professional help.

Points clarified during the Q&A are about:

  • The frame of thought and thinking process of an individual considering suicide.
  • Suicidal tendencies of domestic violence perpetrators.
  • What depression truly looks and feels like to the person actually experiencing it.
  • Quality over quantity when it comes to engaging with an individual with suicide ideation.
  • References mentioned in the webinar.
  • Pop culture’s impact, if any, on glamorizing or romanticizing suicide.


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Audience Comments

  • “All of the information was valuable. I learned so much. …The instructor was awesome and the class materials were outstanding. I have to take mandatory annual suicide prevention training and this one is the best by far! ” — Alarie
  • “The speaker was well informed and prepared as this is a difficult topic.” — John
  • “This truly has been one of THE BEST webinar, training, information I’ve ever listened to. Amy is very passionate about this tender subject matter, and the content is heartfelt and down to earth. As professionals, we need our verbiage, definitions, etc., but this webinar focuses on the “humanness” aspect. The real deal. Thank you so much for hosting this webinar!!” — Nancy
  • “The book-carrying analogy was the most valuable thing that I learned from this webinar. I think that I will be able to remember that and use it as a tool when trying to help others and when managing my own stack of books. This seminar was awesome and even though I joined a bit late, I was still able to get 4 whole pages of notes. I hope that I will be able to keep expanding my knowledge on this topic and put it to good use.” — Audrey
  • “Wow, this was probably the best presentation, on this topic, that I’ve listened to! Thank you, Amy!!” — Anna
  • “This was a fantastic presentation.” — Benjamin
  • “I found the part about the mindset of the Golden Gate Bridge jumpers to be fascinating of how many survivors regretted the decision within 4 seconds. As a 911 dispatcher for many years, I never quite understood the instinct to make them call once they had attempted. Great webinar. Thank you!” — Jennifer
  • “This was one of the best presentations I have ever viewed on the topic of suicide. I appreciate how knowledgeable and genuine Amy Morgan was. She was clear, concise, and thoughtful. Thank you.” — Janeen
  • “The information about suicide being very difficult to complete due to the fear factor and individual’s innate need to survive. I have not heard that before and found it informative. I am looking forward to bringing it back to our deputies in CIT class.” — Kely
  • “Amy was a great speaker who wasn’t too technical. Her presentation was easy to follow and made sense…and gave me things to think about.” — Lauren
  • “It really confirmed a lot that I already knew. Which settles my “I wish I could have done something” guilt. It was good to have a more in-depth insight.” — Kristina
  • “Great presentation! Been in mental health since at least 2002 and jotted down a few perspectives I had never heard before….thank you!” — Lesley
  • “Carrying the book analogy and image. Trying to help someone remove some of the books/problems from their lives. Also asking openly “are you thinking about suicide” not skirting the issue.” — Richard
  • “The myths like selfishness were very eye opening for me, appreciated the view of the person who commits suicide and the reasoning they are having, or lack of actually because their thinking is clouded at that moment.” — Reggie





This webinar was pre-approved for 1 CEU credit by the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP)® and the DoD Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (D-SAACP).  Founded in 1975, the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) is the oldest national victim assistance organization of its type in the United States and is the recognized leader in victim advocacy, education and credentialing.  To learn more about NOVA, visit




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