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Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM)

To enroll in this course you must use the button below.

This link will take you to the ZeroSuicide training site where you can create a new account. See below for more details.

Course Description


  1. Use the enroll link above to access the ZeroSuicide CALM platform.
  2. Enroll in the CALM course and create a new account
  3. While creating your account, under the Employment section, select the code from the Organization Code dropdown.

Your organization’s code is: NJAAP24 

  1. Complete account setup and take the training. 

Important note for course participants: While progressing through the training, ensure you are working / scrolling through each section in its entirety.

Confirm each section has a green-check in the lefthand navigation, as it needs this to generate the certificates of completion. 

Course Summary:

Reducing access to lethal means, such as firearms and medication, can determine whether a person at risk for suicide lives or dies.

This course is about how to reduce access to the methods people use to attempt suicide. It covers who needs lethal means counseling and how to work with people at risk for suicide—and their families—to reduce access. While this course is primarily designed for mental health professionals, others who work with people at risk for suicide, such as health care providers and social service professionals, may also benefit.

This course can be completed in approximately two hours. You do not have to complete the course in one session. You can exit the course at any time and return later to the place where you left off.

After Completing This Course You’ll Be Able To:

Explain that reducing access to lethal means is an evidence-based strategy for suicide prevention.

Explain how reducing access to lethal means can prevent suicide.

Identify clients for whom lethal means counseling is appropriate.

Describe strategies for raising the topic of lethal means, and feel more comfortable and competent applying these strategies with clients.

Advise clients on specific off-site and in-home secure storage options for firearms and strategies to limit access to dangerous medications.

Work with your clients and their families to develop a specific plan to reduce access to lethal means and follow up on the plan over time.


The CALM: Counseling on Access to Lethal Means online course was developed by Elaine Frank and Mark Ciocca, and with support from the 2015-2020 Suicide Prevention Resource Center Grant No. 5U79SM062297, awarded to EDC by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). The views, opinions, and content expressed in this product do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of CMHS, SAMHSA, HHS, or PSNJ.