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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day in-person interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don't need any formal training to attend the workshop—anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.

Studies show that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings in those at risk and is a cost-effective way to help address the problem of suicide.

Learning goals and objectives

Over the course of their two-day workshop, ASIST participants learn to:

  • Understand the ways that personal and societal attitudes affect views on suicide and interventions
  • Provide guidance and suicide first aid to a person at risk in ways that meet their individual safety needs
  • Identify the key elements of an effective suicide safety plan and actions required to implement it
  • Appreciate the value of improving and integrating suicide prevention resources in the community at large
  • Recognize other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care

Workshop Features:

  • A scientifically proven intervention model
  • Powerful audiovisual leaning aids
  • Group discussions
  • Skills practice and development
  • A balance of challenge and safety


For further information, contact Natascha Robinson:; 406-457-8048


Register by completing the MHA Academy - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Survey!

ASIST Training, through the MHA Acadey, is provided through grant funding. In order to continue to offer the training at low or no cost to communities, we ask that participants please complete the registration survey to the best of their ability. Demographic data collected at registration will be used for grant reporting purposes only