School-Based Training Programs

A Four-Tiered Approach to Youth Suicide Prevention

The  Vancouver Island Crisis Society’s Community Education department provides varied training to four target groups: 1) high school students; 2) administrators, counsellors, and school resource staff; 3) teachers; and 4) parents. The goal of the Four-Tiered Approach to Youth Suicide Prevention is to provide evidence-based training and information on the subject of suicide.

The programs listed below have been designed to offer practical approaches of intervention; provide communication and assessment strategies; and facilitate early prevention programs to build resilience in children at risk of suicide. Workshops and courses can be customized for individual groups of learners.

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For Students

GRASP (Getting Real About Suicide Prevention)

GRASP is a 12-hour skill building program that provides youth from Grades 4 to 12 with self-awareness, communication, and coping skills that will aid them in their personal and professional growth as well as contribute to an overall plan for ongoing youth suicide prevention programs within the school district.

Speak Out, Reach Out, Help Out

An 80-minute presentation designed for grades 5 to 12 that encourages students to Speak Out if they’re in emotional distress or worried about someone else, Reach Out for help and support, and Help others do the same.

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For Teachers and School Staff


A three-hour program for Professional Development Days: Suicide alertness training that teaches school personnel to recognize Warning Signs for suicide and activate appropriate response based on school district protocols.

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For Counsellors and Administrators

School Protocols Training Day

A yearly three-hour refresher for counsellors, youth workers, and administrators about Suicide Warning Signs and appropriate response based on school district protocols.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

A two-day intensive suicide intervention training program for counsellors and youth workers.

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For Parents

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The Vancouver Island Crisis Society presents three-hour workshops which address Adolescent Mental Wellness. Topics include:

  • Common stressors and anxieties your people face
  • The differences between self-injury and suicide
  • Impulsivity and suicide
  • Warning signs for suicide
  • How to help
  • Community resources
  • How the Crisis Line can help

We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia for Community Education programming

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Please also see list of private donors.

Our school programs are facilitated by Lyndsay Wells, Heather Owen and Matt Dunae. For further information, call 250-753-2495, toll free at 1-877-753-2495, or email

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