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; 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 training can also be provided offsite, as requested.
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.asist
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.community
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.safetalk