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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

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How will I know if he is really suicidal?

Is it just a cry for help or something more serious?

What if she gets mad or denies feeling suicidal?

What if I say the wrong thing?

The Youth Suicide Prevention Program understands these concerns and we support trainers who deliver ASIST – an internationally recognized suicide prevention training program. Whether you are working with young people, middle-aged adults or elders the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) prepares participants to integrate intervention principles into everyday practice. The two-day workshop is a skills-based program developed by LivingWorks Education, Inc. - a Canadian public service company dedicated to the prevention of suicide. YSPP utilizes the services of several certified ASIST trainers to facilitate workshops across Washington State. (see additional info below)

The curriculum is divided into 5 learning sections: Preparing, Connecting, Understanding, Assisting, and Networking. Skills and principles are illustrated with case studies presented in videos and live dramatizations, role-play simulations, discussions and in the Suicide Intervention Handbook.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be better able to:

    • Reduce attitudinal barriers which hinder the ability to be direct and comfortable with suicidal situations
    • Dispel myths about youth suicide
    • Identify the indicators and assess suicidal risk
    • Intervene with a youth at risk of suicide
    • Engage in efforts to build collaborative resource networks for suicidal youth.


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ASIST Trainers are certified by LivingWorks Education, Inc. as accomplished practitioners in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.

If you are here searching for an ASIST scheduled outside of Washington State or if you are interested in becoming an ASIST Trainer, please contact Living Works Education, Inc. directly to find out how.
Thank you!


4303D 11 Street SE
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Phone: +1 (403) 209-0242
Fax: +1 (403) 209-0259





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Recent Feedback by ASIST Participants

" I want to thank you for the opportunity to participate in the December training.
You and Jennifer are remarkable people. It was an excellent training and exceeded my expectations. My
opinion on suicide and its prevention has changed." -
Lee Barnes

The training was seriously amazing. I don’t know if I’ve every enjoyed a training that much—and it felt totally relevant and usable. " - Anonymous

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