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), Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), and SafeTalk; see the community workshops section if you are interested in having us tailor a workshop to your workplace or group.

Workshops are held regularly at NEED2’s main office at 1524 Fort St. in Victoria, BC. Workshops and trainings can also be provided offsite, as requested.

To receive notification of upcoming trainings or for more information, please email, call 250-386-6328, or sign up for our email newsletter here.

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.


Community Workshops

NEED2 provides a variety of fee-for-service workshops to our community; our workshops are designed to meet your organization’s specific needs. Example topics include: suicide risk assessment, self-harm, mental health crisis first aid and burn-out prevention, and self-care.


Mental Health First Aid Workshops

MHFA aims to improve mental health literacy, and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague. MHFA for Adults is designed for people aged 16 years and older, and focuses on mental health concerns in the adult population. MHFA for Adults Who Interact With Youth focuses on mental health problems and first aid for youth ages 12 to 24.



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.