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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Course

The workshop

ASIST, a two-day course from Living Works Education ( The workshop is structured around small group discussions and skills practice based on adult learning principles.  Participants learn to recognize the signs of suicide behavior and the skills to talk to people who are thinking of killing themselves. It empowers participants to feel comfortable intervening and keeping a person safe by making a plan or connecting them with further help. Over one million people around the world are ASIST trained.

Nunavut adaptation

Uqaqatigiilluk! (Talk About It!) is the Nunavut version of ASIST. Due to the sensitive nature of the topic and the high level of trauma due to suicide in the territory, the teaching tools have been adapted to the local context. The teaching videos were filmed in Iqaluit and are based on scenarios that have true meaning to Nunavummiut. This makes it a very powerful learning experience for participants. The material has been fully translated in Inuktitut and we are working towards training more trainers able to deliver the workshop in Inuktitut. Currently there are 9 Master and 4 Registered ASIST trainers active in Nunavut. Approximately 1428 people have taken the Nunavut version of ASIST since it was adapted in 2009.


The workshop is for anyone who wants to feel more comfortable, confident, and competent in directly preventing the immediate risk of suicide. The minimum age for participation is 16 years.
Participation in the 2 full days – 8:30 am to 5 pm
 – is mandatory
Instruction: English
Fee: free of charge
Training Locations: TBD
/ phone 979-2646 / fax 979-7104

2014-15 Workshop Schedule: