NEED2 provides various training educational workshops aimed at strengthening community capacity to respond in cases of mental health crisis and suicidal ideation. These training programs develop the awareness, skills, and knowledge that help participants respond to distress, crisis and suicide, and promote wellness. Participants come from all walks of life, but often include school professionals, health care practitioners, police, health, emergency services staff, youth workers, peer counselors and older adult care providers.

We currently offer Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), and SafeTALK

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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is a two-day skills-building workshop that prepares caregivers and community members of all kinds to provide suicide first aid interventions. Professionals, volunteers and informal helpers all need to know how to help persons with thoughts of suicide in ways that increase their safety.



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.