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Date(s) - 20/08/2015 - 21/08/2015
8:30 am - 4:30 pm


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 CMHALiving Works

CMHA Presents:

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)


The standard training experience for suicide prevention in our community, is presented in collaboration with LivingWorks. (2 days)

Current ASIST date: August 20-21, 2015

Location: CMHA Ottawa, 1355 Bank Street

Training Facility: 4th floor, Suite 402 
Cost:  $200; $180 (students)

To Register

To register for a training session please visit the workshop webpage


 More Details:

The upcoming dates for ASIST are:

September 17-18, 2015
October 22-23, 2015
December 3-4, 2015
January 28-29, 2016
February 18-19, 2016
March 17-18, 2016
April 21-22, 2016
May 19-20, 2016
June 16-17, 2016


The Challenge

Every year more people die by suicide than from all of the armed conflicts around the world and, in many places, about the same or more than those dying in traffic accidents.  For every suicide, there may be up to 100 times more who are injured by nonfatal suicidal behaviors.  In any year, as many as 6% of the population have serious thoughts of suicide.  How can we support people to choose life when something prevents them from seeing a way forward?


Most people considering suicide share their distress and their intent.  Training can help us see and respond to these invitations for help.  It can give you the confidence to ask about suicide if you are concerned about someone’s safely.  It can provide you with the tools to help prevent the immediate risk of suicide. It can give you the confidence to ask about suicide if you are concerned about someone’s safely.  It can provide you with the tools to help prevent the immediate risk of suicide.

ASIST is a two-day, interactive workshop that prepares caregivers to provide suicide life-assisting, first-aid intervention. Small group discussions and skills practice are based on adult learning principles. ASIST teaches Pathways for Assisting Life (PAL), a practical guide to doing suicide interventions. Powerful videos support learning.

Who Can Attend?

All caregivers, formally designated or not; adults and youth 16 plus.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Identify people who have thoughts of suicide.
  • Understand how beliefs and attitudes can affect suicide interventions.
  • Understand a person at risk’s story about suicide as well as recognize turning points that connect the person to life.
  • Conduct a safety assessment and develop a plan that will keep the person at risk safe-for-now.
  • Confirm the person at risk’s faith in the safe plan and their intent to follow it through.

The Role of ASIST in a Suicide-Safer Community

ASIST caregivers complete the process that safeTALK helpers start, providing life-assisting, suicide first-aid intervention.

“I use ASIST in virtually every crisis situation, in both of my roles as a volunteer and employee… Thank you for this life-changing program.”
– ASIST participant

About LivingWorks

LivingWorks is a public service corporation whose vision is enhancing resources today and saving lives for tomorrow.  Our mission is to create learning experiences that help communities prevent suicide.  We train locally-based trainers so that the benefits of our programs live on in the community.  Local resources can better transfer learning to others in the community in a cost effective manner.

LivingWorks monitors quality, updates programs and supports the international trainer resource network.  The aim is to have all of the benefits of local resources plus the advantages of a central organization dedicated to quality.

Working with caregivers of all kinds, LivingWorks prepares helpers to competently intervene with a person at risk of suicide.  For more information please visit: http://www.livingworks.net/

Renée Ouimet
Director, Capacity Building and Education
613-737-7791 ext. 124