ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)

A two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid offered free of charge to all faculty, staff and students in the Faculty of Nursing.

Upcoming Workshops

ASIST workshops will be offered in 2024. They will be available to Faculty of Nursing students (undergraduate and graduate), as well as interested staff and faculty members.

These workshops are offered by the Faculty of Nursing, in partnership with the Centre for Suicide Prevention, the Campus Mental Health Strategy, the City of Calgary: Change Can’t Wait grant, and the Student's Union Quality Money grant.

Our next workshop is scheduled for June 1 & 2, 2024. Please click the below link to register. 

In ASIST training, you'll learn to:

  • Recognize that everyone is affected by personal and societal attitudes about suicide
  • Directly discuss suicide with someone at risk
  • Identify risk alerts and develop a safety plan for them
  • Demonstrate the skills required to intervene with someone at risk of suicide
  • List the supports available to a person at risk of suicide
  • Improve community support and networks

Suicide prevention is broader than suicide intervention, and includes life promotion, and self-care for those at risk and for caregivers.

ASIST is designed to be immersive and to mimic realistic scenarios that may contain sensitive material. The workshop also involves a ten-minute roleplay in front of a small group. Please be advised that this workshop contains content that may be triggering, especially to those who have recently encountered suicide.

About Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

ASIST is the most widely used, acclaimed and researched suicide intervention training workshop in the world.

ASIST is a 2-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. Attending this course will train you to intervene with an individual who is thinking about suicide.

ASIST Workshop

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Faculty of Nursing provides ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) free of charge to faculty, staff and students

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