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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Become a suicide first aid responder.  ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is an internationally recognized two-day workshop developed by Living Works Education.  Using multi-media presentations, this two-day practice-oriented training builds skills and confidence in suicide intervention.  Certificate and participant materials provided.  As an ASIST-trained first aid intervention responder, you will be better able to:

  • Identify people who have thoughts of suicide;
  • Understand how your beliefs and attitudes can affect suicide interventions;
  • Be able to apply the Pathway for Assisting Life model to intervene with someone at risk for suicide;
  • Develop a plan to increase safety from suicidal behaviour.

Before registering, please consider:

  • Participation in safeTALK is highly recommended prior to taking ASIST, especially if you are new to the role of helper in suicide situations.
  • If you have been affected by a suicide, suicide behaviour, or if you yourself are currently struggling with suicidal thoughts, consider if it is the right time to take the course. Feel free to talk with facilitator beforehand.
  • Attendance to two full days (14 hours) is required to receive certificate of completion.

Attending or Booking a Training

ASIST is held regularly at the Crisis Centre.  All trainings can also be provided offsite, as requested.  Subsidized rates are available for non-profit organizations thanks to funding from the Ministry of Health.  Please call us at 604-872-1811 to utilize this offer.

Active Crisis Centre volunteers – speak to your Program Director (Lu or Akhila) for approval and reduced rates.

Upcoming Trainings

February 2 and 3, 2017, 8:45am to 5pm, Crisis Centre (763 East Broadway, Vancouver) – Registration Form

April 20 and 21, 2017, 8:45am to 5pm, Crisis Centre (763 East Broadway, Vancouver) – Registration Form

Future 2017 training dates will be announced shortly.  Please sign up for our quarterly eBulletin to receive updates on training opportunities.


“Very positive experience!!! I learned a lot and it was interesting to approach suicide intervention from a different perspective.  Starting with our attitudes was key.”  – Youth Worker

“Excellent course. Was extremely good at both demonstrating & actively encouraging participation in the course. I liked that it drew me beyond my comfort level but never felt unsafe. Thank you!” – Spiritual Leader

“Our District found this training to be a valuable use of time and resources, bringing our practice more current and helping us to develop a more therapeutic risk assessment model.”  – Student Support Services, Sunshine Coast School District

“It’s the best training I have had on suicide prevention. It helped me be more comfortable with suicide, and as a result was able to connect with youth who have suicidal ideation.  I recommend this for all new counsellors joining our team.”  – Counsellor, Vancouver School District