Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a standardized two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid, developed and and regularly updated by LivingWorks. ASIST is offered on-campus free of charge to UPEI students, staff, and faculty, and is delivered by two LivingWorks registered trainers. Workshop capacity is limited, and registration is generally granted on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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. 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 the 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

Visit the LivingWorks website for more information.

To learn more and sign up for the next ASIST Workshop at UPEI, please email Keith Lawlor at or Ellen Whitrow at

"Training was well structured, interactive and I felt comfortable taking part and asking questions. I feel like I have learned some truly valuable life skills that I know I can use to change a life."

"This workshop was excellent! I feel so much more prepared and comfortable to talk about suicide with someone at risk. Our trainers were amazing – patient and understanding, and gave very helpful feedback."

"Well taught and very useful information which can be used in both personal and work life situations."

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