If you or someone you know is in crisis please call: 911 OR 1-888-494-3888 (Vancouver Island Crisis Line)
Suicide prevention is everybody’s business
You don’t need to be a healthcare professional to know the warning signs and start an open conversation about suicide—ASIST and safeTALK suicide awareness training workshops equip you with the knowledge, skill, and confidence to help someone at risk of suicide.
About 4,000 Canadians die by suicide every year. No matter the age of the person or the circumstances surrounding their death, each life lost to suicide painfully and forever alter that person’s family, friends, and community. The good news is that suicide can often be prevented.
Canadian Mental Health Association Mid-island delivers Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention training: half-day safeTALK workshops and two-day ASIST training all across Vancouver Island and to our neighbouring Gulf, Discovery Islands, and Powell River.
safeTALK (1/2 day training)
Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die but are struggling with the pain in their lives. In safeTALK, which is a half-day suicide alertness workshop, participants, regardless of prior experience or training, will gain knowledge about how to help a person with thoughts of suicide connect to the support they need. In the safeTALK training participants will learn to:
- Identify people who may have thoughts of suicide
- Ask them directly about the possibility of suicide, then
- Connect them to life-saving community supports and resources
- Workshop participants will receive a certificate
There are no workshops scheduled at this time.
ASIST (two-day training)
ASIST, which stands for Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, is a two-day intensive, interactive and practice-dominated course. It is designed to help workshop participants become more ready, willing and able to recognize when someone is considering suicide and it prepares participants to review risk, intervene, and support the individual in keeping safe for now. In the ASIST training participants will learn to:
- Recognize people at risk of suicide
- Talk to them, hear their stories and understand their situations
- Help them keep safe and develop an effective personal safety plan
- Connect them to lifesaving community supports and resources
October 13-14 VICTORIA *Offered by our partner, Need2
October 18-19 NANAIMO
*Offered by our partner, Vancouver Island Crisis Care Society
December 1-2 VICTORIA *Offered by our partner, Need2
ASIST 11 TuneUp
The Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training refresher,ASIST TuneUp, is a half-day course developed by LivingWorks Education for participants who have completed ASIST within the last three years.
This practical and interactive workshop provides an opportunity to review the PAL (Pathway for Assisting Life) model, clarify concepts, address application concerns, and celebrate successes.
- Review ASIST 11
- Address considerations & concerns when using the model
- Share experiences in applying ASIST
- Review the importance of self-care and resources
Individuals who have completed ASIST 11 within the last three years are invited to attend. Proof of prior ASIST attendance is required to attend the ASIST Tune-Up.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
Would you like more information? Did you want to find out if training is being planned for your community? Are you interested in arranging a private course for your business or organization? Did you want to know about group rates? Any of your questions can be answered by:
Judy North Regional Coordinator Gatekeeper Training Project
E. email@example.com T. 250-905-0133
PLEASE NOTE: Talking about suicide can be difficult, especially if you have recently been impacted by a suicide attempt or death. Healing from these tragic events can take months or years, so we encourage you to take time for healing before attending suicide intervention training. If you have experienced a suicide death, healing support is available at BC Bereavement Helpline 1-877-779-2223, and www.bcbereavementhelpline.com.
Suicide is a complicated issue, but the more you understand, the better you may be able to help someone at risk of suicide.
- Learn the facts about suicide
- Learn how to recognize when someone may be at risk
- Learn how to ask if someone is considering suicide
- Learn how to connect a person at risk of suicide to life-saving supports
This campaign is led in western Canada by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) BC, along with CMHA Alberta, CMHA Saskatchewan, and CMHA Manitoba and Winnipeg.
This campaign is proudly supported by London Drugs
London Drugs is committed to the health, care and overall well-being of the individuals and families who live and work in the communities we serve and is proud to support the Canadian Mental Health Association’s efforts to bring attention to suicide prevention.
TAKE safeTALK or ASIST TRAINING AND JOIN THE GATEKEEPER SUICIDE PREVENTION COMMUNITY. THESE ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITIES HAVE:
Alano Club – Courtenay
Alberni Valley Bulldogs Hockey Team
BC Nurses’ Union
Cedars Addiction Treatment Centre, Cobble Hill
Comox Valley Transition Society
Courtenay (Community Members)
Cowichan Valley Capitals Hockey Club
Discovery Community College
Gabriola Island (Community Members)
Health Sciences Association
Indigenous Community for Leadership and Development
Judith Fisher Centre – Lasquetti Island
Junior Canadian Ranger Company – HMCS Quadra, Comox
K’omoks First Nation
Nanaimo (Community Members)
Nanaimo Evangelical Fellowship
Nanaimo Women’s Resource Centre
North Island College – Comox
Oak Bay Fire Department
Society of Organized Services District 69
Snaw-naw-as (Nanoose) First Nation
Ucluelet – community members*
We Wai Kai Nation