Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM)

Counseling on Access to Lethal Means, or CALM is a course originally developed by Harvard Public Health that is now available in an online format through the Suicide Prevention Resource Centre. It is a 90 to 120 minute course designed for counsellors, therapists, crisis workers and others who work directly with suicidal persons, and makes a good addition to a crisis intervention model like the CPR Model of Suicide Risk Assessment.

Someone completing the CALM course has learned:

  • Statistics about the lethality of overdoses, hanging, firearm and other suicide methods
  • The unique aspects of impulsiveness in youth experiencing suicidal thoughts
  • How to speak with parents and youth about limiting access to suicide methods
  • How to assess for the presence of firearms

The goal of the program is to increase therapists, counsellors and other professional’s knowledge and confidence in working with youth and adults to reduce access to lethal means.

You may access the CALM course here:

(Edit: Jan 28 2017 – Fixed a broken link.)

Cite this article as: MacDonald, D.K., (2015), "Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM)," retrieved on December 9, 2022 from