Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

ASIST Training

What is ASIST?

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training. This is a two day, 15 hour intensive, interactive and practice-dominated course designed to help caregivers recognize and review risk, and intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. ASIST is founded on the principle that everyone can make a difference in preventing suicide. The more people in the community who have suicide intervention training, the more likely it is they will be able to identify someone at risk and intervene to keep them safe. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants do not need any formal training to attend the workshop.

Who Should Attend?

Front line staff, health service providers RN, PSW, emergency workers, community groups, volunteers, etc. Attendance is required at both sessions in order to receive a certificate.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the ways that personal and societal attitudes affect views on suicide and interventions
  • Provide guidance and suicide first aid to a person at risk in ways that meet their individual safety needs
  • Identify the key elements of an effective suicide safety plan and the actions required to implement it
  • Appreciate the value of improving and integrating suicide prevention resources in the community at large
  • Recognize other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care


Day One:

  • Presentations and guidance from two LivingWorks registered trainers
  • A Scientifically proven intervention model
  • Powerful audiovisual learning aids
  • Group discussions
  • Skills practice and development
  • A balance of challenge and safety
  • Mental health first aid for depression and bipolar disorder

Day Two:

The emphasis of the ASIST workshop is on suicide first aid, to help a person at risk stay safe and seek further help. You will learn how to: 

  • Recognize invitations to help
  • Reach out and offer support
  • Review the risk of suicide
  • Apply a suicide intervention model
  • Link people with community resources

For more information contact

LauraLee Barkley

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 613-345-0660, ext. 3176

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