ASIST OverviewApplied Suicide Intervention Skills Training


Next workshop, featuring ASIST Version 11:
October 9 & 10, 2014, Nanaimo, BC, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm each day
If you would like to be added to our wait list,
please call 250-753-2495 or email us at

Workshops can be facilitated at your site or in our Training Room.
Registration instructions and form at bottom of page


ASIST is a two-day, skills-building workshop that prepares caregivers of all kinds to provide suicide first aid interventions.

Professionals, volunteers, and other helpers need to know how to help persons with thoughts of suicide in ways that increase their suicide safety. As an ASIST-trained first aid intervention caregiver, you will be better able to:

  • Identify people who have thoughts of suicide;
  • Understand how your beliefs and attitudes can affect suicide interventions;
  • Seek a shared understanding of the reasons for thoughts of suicide and the reasons for living;
  • Review current risk and develop a plan to increase safety from suicidal behavior for an agreed amount of time;
  • Follow up on all safety commitments, accessing further help as needed.

Participation in the full two days is required. Enjoy small group discussions and skills practice that are based upon adult learning principles. Please note that courses at the Crisis Society’s training site are limited to 16 participants.

Experience powerful videos on suicide intervention that will help participants look at feelings, beliefs, and attitudes about suicide in a safe, supportive environment.

Learn suicide first aid from the professional training staff of the Crisis Society. Lyndsay Wells and Karen Vandersluis are ASIST Master Trainers and, along with Registered ASIST Trainers Debbi Mahaffy and Heather Owen, are members of the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, and certified Crisis Workers through the American Association of Suicidology

If you are interested in having us present ASIST at your agency or business place, please contact us at 250-753-2495, toll free at 1-877-753-2495, or via email at

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