ASIST Training

ASIST is a two-day, two-trainer workshop designed for members of all caregiving groups. Family, friends, and other community members may be the first to talk with a person at risk but have little or no training. ASIST can also provide those in formal helping roles with professional development to ensure that they are prepared to provide suicide first aid help as part of the care they provide.

Program Objectives

After being trained, ASIST participants will be able to:

  • Recognize that caregivers and persons at risk are affected by personal and societal attitudes about suicide
  • Discuss suicide in a direct manner with someone at risk
  • Identify risk alerts and develop related safe plans
  • Demonstrate the skills required to intervene with a person at risk of suicide
  • List the types of resources available to a person at risk, including themselves
  • Make a commitment to improving community resources
  • Recognize that suicide prevention in broader than suicide first-aid and includes life promotion and self-care for caregivers

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR), is a suicide prevention training intended for anyone. This form of suicide prevention is not meant to be a form of counseling, but rather an intervention aimed at constructively connecting someone contemplating suicide to needed resources.

As someone who may be in the best possible position to prevent suicide, you will find that QPR is designated to help you help someone who may be considering suicide. QPR consists of three life-saving skills

  • Question (a person about suicide risk)
  • Persuade (a person at-risk of suicide to accept help)
  • Refer (a person at-risk of suicide to the appropriate resource)

*Note: QPR trainings have a $25 registration fee and are offered four times a year