Adolescent SBIRT

Helping social workers and nurses prevent adolescent substance use

Suicide Prevention


Expanding the SBIRT Model to Include Suicide Prevention! Why?


Substance use is a risk factor for suicide. Integrating suicide risk screening and intervention into the SBIRT model provides an opportunity to identify and provide care to those at risk of suicide.

NORC is thrilled to launch a new suicide prevention suite of services to provide training, technical assistance, and evaluation for medical and behavioral health providers, K-12 schools, colleges and universities, employers, community-based organizations, states, and localities. Below is a list of the services we provide. Please contact us at [email protected] to learn more!



SBIRT-Suicide Care is an integrated SBIRT training that incorporates suicide risk screening, safety planning, and structured follow up and monitoring into the model.

QPR, or Question, Persuade, Refer, is a 60–90-minute training on the warning signs of suicide and how to question, persuade, and refer someone for help.

ASIST, or Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, is a two-day workshop with instruction on how to deliver a skilled intervention and develop a safety plan.

Sources of Strength trains peer leaders and adult advisors to change the climate of schools and encourage help-seeking and student-adult communication around mental health and suicide.

Mental Health First Aid covers a wide variety of behavioral health topics including substance use, depression, anxiety, and steps to take when someone is suicidal. This course was designed to help laypeople recognize signs of mental distress and when and how to refer individuals for help. Adult and teen versions of this training are available.

Suicide Risk Screening: This training provides information on universal, validated, screening tools that can be used to identify both adult and adolescent patients/clients at risk of suicide.

Suicide Prevention for School Staff: This training provides suicide prevention strategies for school staff, such as teachers, parents, and administrators, as well as information on how to recognize and respond to warning signs of suicide, and available resources for supporting students.

Using Data to Inform Your Approach to Suicide Prevention: This training highlights several online national and state databases that contain suicide and self-injury data and describes how data can be used to guide and inform suicide prevention efforts.

Safety Planning & Follow Up: This training covers safety planning - a collaborative intervention between a provider and patient who has experienced a suicidal crisis or is at risk for suicide - and structured follow up and monitoring. The safety plan provides a patient with a written list of coping strategies and resources that can be used to decrease the risk of suicide if and when symptoms arise.

Postvention: Postvention is an intervention that is conducted after a suicide loss. Postvention facilitates support and healing for friends, families, and communities of the victim and provides strategies to decrease and prevent the risk of future suicide deaths.


Technical Assistance

  • Integrating suicide risk screening and intervention into the SBIRT model
  • Training and implementation of suicide care in clinical settings
  • Needs assessments
  • Comprehensive approach to suicide prevention
  • Upstream and downstream approaches
  • School-based suicide prevention



  • Federal and private foundation grant evaluation
  • Evaluation plan development
  • Review and enhancements of existing evaluation procedures
  • Qualitative and quantitative evaluation 
  • Reporting

On-Demand Webinars

Since 2019, NORC has invested in suicide prevention by hosting and rebroadcasting webinars to address the intersection of substance use and suicide. Interested in watching? Access on-demand here:

Integrating Suicide Prevention into the SBIRT Model, by Adolescent SBIRT by NORC at the University of Chicago


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Meet the Suicide Prevention Team

Please contact us at [email protected] or any of the individuals listed below. We are always happy to hear from you!

Tracy McPherson, PhD
Principal Research Scientist
Public Health
[email protected]

Brett Harris, DrPH
Senior Research Scientist
Public Health
[email protected]

Brianna Maher, MPH
Senior Research Associate II
Health Sciences
[email protected]

Giana Calabrese, MPH
Senior Research Associate I
Public Health

[email protected]


Need help now? If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text HOME to 741741 to contact the Crisis Text Line for 24/7, free counseling support