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Prevention Training

SPS is proud to offer award-winning, internationally known prevention training created by Living Works.

There are 3 different programs to choose: ASIST, safeTALK,  and START.

Living Works Mission—Saving lives through the creation, development, and delivery of innovative training experiences that empower organizations, communities, and individuals to be safer from suicide.

START is an interactive training program that will give you the skills and knowledge to keep family, friends, co-workers, and others safe from suicide even from afar.

In 1-2 hours of your time:

  • Become more comfortable talking about suicide

  • Keep a loved one safe in times of distress

  • Support friends and co-workers

  • Build professional skills

  • Have peace of mind knowing you’re ready to help


Developed by Living Works and accessible through Suicide Prevention Services at any time on any device, START will train you through:

  • Skills practice and resources

  • Intuitive helping model anyone can learn

  • Simulations for helping in-person and remotely

  • Customized content and information

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day 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.

ASIST is a two day training course. 



SPS is able to provide a full refund, less a $25 administrative fee, for requests made up to one week prior to the ASIST workshop.

For requests made after one week prior to the workshop, and up to 9am the first day of the workshop, SPS will issue a credit toward a future ASIST workshop held within six months, less a $50 meal and administrative fee. All requests made after 9am the first day of the workshop cannot be honored due to the content of the workshop.


safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone 15 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST. 

safeTALK Training Date:


safeTALK is a half day training course. 
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