If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please call 9-1-1, contact your local crisis centre, or go to the nearest hospital.

Need Help?

Connect with Crisis Services Canada Suicide Prevention Service responders now.

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or
The National Hopeline Network at 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433).

Suicide Awareness Training

An Introduction for Crisis Responders

The ability to recognize and effectively intervene with suicidal individuals is one of the most challenging aspects of crisis intervention. This course is recommended for those without   formal mental health training. The course is designed to increase awareness of suicide, and equip participants with information and basic skills to respond to a person considering suicide.  Discussions, demonstrations, and scenarios will be used to facilitate learning. This is an introductory level course.

Program Highlights:

  • Overview of suicide
  • Crisis intervention and suicide prevention and Protective Factors
  • Risk and Recognition
  • Strategies for Responding to those considering suicide
  • Referral Skills and Resources

Completion of “Suicide Awareness: An Introduction for Crisis Responders” and receipt of a certificate indicating full attendance (7 Contact Hours) qualifies as a class in ICISF’s Certificate of Specialized Training Program.

Continuing Education Information: One-Day Course: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., 7 Contact Hours; 7 CE Credits for Psychologists; 7 PDHs for EAPs; 7 Contact Hours for National Certified Addiction Counselors; OR .7 General CEUs from UMBC

Upcoming Online Courses

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

A LivingWorks program

Education & Training is for everyone 16 or older—regardless of prior experience—who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid. Shown by major studies to significantly reduce suicidality, the ASIST model teaches effective intervention skills while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community.

Centre for Suicide Prevention Workshops

Equip yourself to respond to a person at risk of suicide.

We educate people with the information, knowledge and skills necessary to respond to people at risk of suicide.

We teach prevention because prevention is the only solution to suicide.

A branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Centre for Suicide Prevention is a non-profit education centre, established in 1981.

In Harm's Way

Police Suicide Prevention

Law Enforcement Suicide Prevention Toolkit was designed to help you present suicide prevention training within your department, reduce the stigma associated with seeking help, and encourage your officers to roll backup for each other.

QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer)

The 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide

We can all save lives.

The QPR mission is to reduce suicidal behaviours and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. The signs of crisis are all around us. We believe that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know.