Support Mental Health by Learning Valuable Skills in Identifying Psychological Distress in Youth

Training in Mental Health Gatekeeper Skills

Page updated on Jul 22, 2016 at 12:39 PM

Adults in Alexandria who work with middle or high school youth can now be trained in mental health ‘gatekeeper skills’ through online at-risk training simulations.

This short interactive online training is designed for mentors, juvenile justice professionals, school staff, youth development staff, recreation professionals and human-service staff. The training is not recommended for licensed clinicians.

Highlights of the online training include:

  • Designed to prepare adults to recognize when youth are exhibiting signs of psychological distress and connecting them with appropriate support
  • Includes practice role-play conversations to build conversational skills with students
  • Additional training to help adults best support LGBTQ youth
  • Convenient 

Nearly one in five teens suffers from a mental disorder, such as depression or anxiety, and suicide remains the third leading cause of death in this age group.

Access to all three training modules is available once an account and login has been created. Access the online training at

This resource is made available through the Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia, of which the Department of Community and Human Services is a member.