Applied Suicide Intervention Skills​

ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. The ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings in those at risk and is a cost-effective way to help address the problem of suicide.

Workshop Description

Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop—anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.

Since its development in 1983, ASIST has received regular updates to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice, and over 1,000,000 people have taken the workshop. Studies show that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings in those at risk and is a cost-effective way to help address the problem of suicide.

Learning goals and objectives

Over the course of their two-day workshop, ASIST participants learn to:

  • Understand the ways that personal and societal attitudes affect views on suicide and interventions
  • Provide guidance and suicide first aid to a person at risk in ways that meet their individual safety needs
  • Identify the key elements of an effective suicide safety plan and the actions required to implement it
  • Appreciate the value of improving and integrating suicide prevention resources in the community at large
  • Recognize other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care

Workshop features:

  • Presentations and guidance from two LivingWorks registered trainers
  • A scientifically proven intervention model
  • Powerful audiovisual learning aids
  • Group discussions
  • Skills practice and development
  • A balance of challenge and safety

ASIST helps to build regional networks of trained caregivers who can support each and use common terminology to approach suicide and safety.

Workshop Structure

The ASIST workshop is divided into five sections that follow a logical progression to gradually build comfort and understanding around suicide and suicide intervention.


Sets the tone, norms, and expectations of the learning experience.


Sensitizes participants to their own attitudes towards suicide. Creates an understanding of the impact that attitudes can have on the intervention process.


Overviews the intervention needs of a person at risk. It focuses on providing participants with the knowledge and skills to recognize risk and develop safeplans to reduce the risk of suicide.


Presents a model for effective suicide intervention. Participants develop their skills through observation and supervised simulation experiences in large and small groups.


Generates information about resources in the local community. Promotes a commitment by participants to transform local resources into helping networks.

Meet the Instructors

Our award winning experts have over 25 years of mental health training. We conveniently come to your location of choice and offer competitive rates plus discounts for bundled workshops.

Tamara Leniew​

Tamara has been helping create a suicide safer community for the last 20 years. Her many years of being an ASIST Trainer has lead her to achieving a consulting role with Living Works. Her passion for training helpers in our community has provided her with many opportunities to provide workplace training, specifically safeTALK and ASIST. Tamara and Lesley met while participating on the Suicide Prevention Community Council of Hamilton. Tamara and Lesley have a been ASIST trainers together for the past 10 years, sharing a commitment to helping others learn life assisting skills has enriched their friendship.

Tracy Miles​

Tracy Miles has been working in the helping field for over 27 years. She is currently the owner of Energy Tap Counselling and Consultation Services. Tracy is also a trainer/facilitator in many workshops geared toward increasing awareness for mental health and addictions work. Tracy is exceptional and caring ASIST trainer.


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