Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

The ASIST workshop is for caregivers who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.  ASIST is a two-day (14 hours) intensive, interactive, and practice-dominated course designed to help caregivers recognize risk and learn how to intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. It includes suicide related first aid and is designed for caregivers (e.g., those seeking to reduce immediate risk of suicide), clergy, counselors, volunteers, law enforcement, and mental health professionals. (14 hours; possibility for CEUs)

Signs of Suicide (SOS)

SOS Signs of Suicide is a secondary school‐based suicide prevention program that includes screening and education. Students are screened for depression and suicide risk and referred for professional help as indicated. Students also view a video that teaches them to recognize signs of depression and suicide in themselves and others. They are taught that the appropriate response to these signs is to use the ACT technique: acknowledge that there is a problem, let the person know you care, and tell a trusted adult. Students also participate in guided classroom discussions about suicide and depression. The program attempts to prevent suicide attempts, increase knowledge about suicide and depression, develop desirable attitudes toward suicide and depression, and increase help‐seeking behavior among youth.

The Connect Suicide Prevention Program

Connect Suicide Prevention/Intervention Training increases the capacity of professionals and communities to prevent suicide across the lifespan. Connect is a prevention/intervention training that applies a unique holistic model and offers a community planning component using a unique socio-ecological model that examines suicide in the context of the individual, family, tribe, community, and society. It is designed for community members, professional service providers (schools, hospitals, police, mental health and/or other services, faith leaders, military) and there are specific training modules for different professions. (5-6 hours; possibility for CEUs)

Trainings Offered by the Coalition

The Connect Suicide Postvention Program

This program increases the capacity of a community/organization to respond effectively to a suicide in order to prevent additional suicides. Connect Postvention training is a proactive planning tool for promoting healing and reducing risk after a suicide death. It contains best practices on communicating safely about suicide, and is designed for professionals whose job entails responding to a suicide death, including mental health and social service professionals, law enforcement, faith leaders, school personnel, and medical examiner/coroner. (6 hours; possibility for CEUs)

safe TALK

​safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST.


Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)

Question, Persuade, and Refer are 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. People trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. (1-2 hours)