ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training


ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is a crisis intervention training developed by Living Works, with the goal of equipping participants to respond competently to individuals at risk of suicide. It builds on skills also taught in Reach Out, and develops them further so that participants leave feeling confident in their ability to address suicidal ideation in others.

To date, approximately 500 people in Nunavut have participated in the two-day, highly interactive, practical Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop. Anyone can take this suicide intervention training, which consists of small group discussions and skills practice based upon adult learning principles.

Artwork by Pauta Ilaila.

The Partners involved in implementing the Nunavut Suicide Prevention Strategy have worked with LivingWorks to create adapted ASIST materials for Nunavut (called “Uqaqatigiiluk!” or “Talk About It!”). This adapted Nunavut ASIST course model allows Nunavummiut to take suicide intervention training on an ongoing basis in Inuktitut and English.

The adapted training also includes videos and materials created in a local context in collaboration with Nunavummiut.

If you, or your organization or community, are interested in this training, please contact us by phone at 1-867-975-3233 or email at

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