Suicide Alertness & Intervention Workshops

There are various suicide alertness & intervention workshops within Waterloo Region, such as SafeTalk, ASIST, suicide to Hope, and Mental Health First Aid. Locally, the Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington delivers these trainings. Visit their event page to view upcoming training dates.

Further Information


SafeTALK is a half-day training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help to stay safe. Alert helpers know how to use these opportunities to support that desire for safety. As a safeTALK-trained suicide alert helper, you will be better able to:

  • move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid suicide
  • identify people who have thoughts of suicide
  • apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe) to connect a person with suicide thoughts to suicide first aid, intervention caregivers.

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. Over one million caregivers have participated in this two-day, highly interactive, practical, practice-oriented workshop.

suicide to Hope

suicide to Hope is a one-day workshop that provides tools to help clinicians and other professional caregivers work with persons who have suicide experience but are currently safe from suicide, to develop achievable and significant recovery and growth goals.

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. This two-day basic workshop 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 or a friend.

Mental Health First Aid for Adults who interact with Youth:

A two-day basic workshop for adults with a youth focus. Participants learn practical skills so that they can provide help to youth (ages 12-24) developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. It is similar to MHFA, with additional youth related topics such as eating disorders and deliberate self-injury.

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