Suicide prevention training courses being offered

Date Posted: February 6, 2017

ASIST, a practical training course for caregivers seeking to prevent the immediate risk of suicide, will be offered to Red Deer College students twice in the winter term.

The first training course is set for Tuesday, February 21 and Wednesday, February 22 while the second takes place Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5. Courses run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days.

These courses are being present by the Students’ Association of Red Deer College’s Mental Health Initiative. All sessions are coordinated by a Centre for Suicide Prevention certified trainer.

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) uses many different teaching processes to create a practice-oriented and interactive learning experience. The sessions are mostly small groups of one trainer to no more than 15 participants.

Course participants often include people concerned about family, friends; natural helpers and advisors; community volunteers.

The course is open to Red Deer College students only and is being offered free of charge. There is a $40 deposit to register; deposit will be refunded upon course completion.

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