Training & Suicide Prevention Activities 

Sometimes for teens and young adults, the whole world can feel upside down. Getting right side up means providing resources to teens and young adults that help them better understand depression and suicide.

If you work in a school or afterschool setting and would like suicide prevention training or activities for your students, please email Rochelle Balan (

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Crisis Services/Child Priority Response

CDCP offers state-wide immediate post-trauma counseling and follow-up care to youth and their caretakers to cope with the aftermath of violent and traumatic experiences. For referral information, call 1-800-969-4357 (HELP).

Informational Tools

Informational tools available include a youth booklet, as well as booklets for parents, teachers and community members. The booklets includes crisis intervention information, and many resources aimed at saving lives. Over 4,000 have been distributed by Project Life to five target populations:

  • Schools (faculty and staff)
  • Emergency rooms/hospitals
  • General public (community centers and churches)
  • Youth
  • Military families


To learn more about our upcoming training dates, email Jennifer Smolowitz (

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)



ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is a two-day training for caregivers who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Over one million caregivers have participated in this evidence-based two-day, highly interactive, practical, practice-oriented workshop. ASIST is the most researched suicide prevention skills training world-wide.

The Workshop

ASIST provides practical training for caregivers seeking to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Participants often include:

  • People concerned about family & friends
  • Natural helpers and advisers
  • Emergency service workers
  • Counselors, teachers and clergy members
  • Mental health practitioners
  • Workers in health, welfare or justice

The Outcome

The emphasis of the ASIST workshop is on suicide first aid, on helping a person at risk stay safe and seek further help. Attendance at the full two days is essential. Learn how to:

  • Recognize invitations for help
  • Reach out and offer support
  • Review the risk of suicide
  • Apply a suicide intervention model
  • Link people with community resources

Evaluations have shown that the ASIST workshop increases caregivers’ knowledge and confidence to respond to a person at risk of suicide, that intervention skills are retained over time and that they are put to use to save lives.


SafeTALK Training


If a two-day training conflicts with your schedule, Project LIFE Gatekeeper Trainers can provide a safeTALK training or custom awareness workshop or training.

safeTALK: a 3 hour training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. As a safeTALK-trained suicide alert helper, you will be better able to:

move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid suicide;

identify people who have thoughts of suicide;

apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep Safe) to connect a person with suicide thoughts to suicide first aid, intervention caregivers.

Why should I come to safeTALK?

In only a few hours, you will learn how to provide practical help to persons with thoughts of suicide. Expect to leave safeTALK more willing and able to perform an important helping role for persons with thoughts of suicide.

Why is safeTALK for everyone?

Most persons with thoughts of suicide go unrecognized—even though most all are, directly or indirectly, requesting help. Without safeTALK training, these invitations to help are too rarely accepted, or even noticed. With more suicide alert helpers, more people with thoughts of suicide will get connected to the intervention help they want. Suicide alert helpers are part of a suicide-safer community.

Lifelines Training


Lifelines is a Comprehensive Suicide Awareness and Responsiveness Program for middle schools. This is a whole-school program made up of three unique components: Lifelines: Prevention, Lifelines: Intervention, and Lifelines: Postvention. This trilogy of programs is the only existing model of its kind available for schools. The complete Lifelines Trilogy is based on over 20 years of suicide-in-youth research that indicates an informed community can help to prevent vulnerable teens from ending their lives.

Lifelines: A Suicide Prevention Program

This first part of the Lifelines Trilogy educates students on the facts about suicide and students’ role in suicide prevention. It provides information on where to find suicide prevention resources in the school and community. Training is included for faculty and staff that provide accurate and practical information on identifying and referring students who might be at risk for suicide. Lifelines: A Suicide Prevention Program also includes a presentation for parents that answers questions about youth suicide and prevention, and it involves them in the school’s suicide prevention activities.

Designed for implementation in middle schools and high schools, it targets the whole school community by providing suicide awareness resources for administrators, faculty and staff, parents, and students. It fits easily into health class programming and lesson plans.

Lifelines Intervention: Helping Students at Risk for Suicide

The second installment in the Lifelines Trilogy provides information on how to be prepared to address and respond to threats or signs of suicide and intervene – before it’s too late. Lifelines Intervention also provides clear guidance on how best to involve parents and guardians as partners and explains how to gather collateral information about a student’s risk for suicide and address specific topics. Other topics addressed include the challenges presented by bullied students, members of sexual minorities, and students in gifted or special education classes.

Lifelines Postvention: Responding to Suicide and Other Traumatic Death

The third installment of the Lifelines Trilogy is Lifelines Postvention: Responding to Suicide and Other Traumatic Death. This unique program educates everyone in the school community on how to successfully address and respond to not only suicide, but any type of traumatic death that profoundly affects the school population. With in-depth references and detailed plans, this resource outlines a response strategy that reflects the challenges schools face in dealing with a death within the school community. Also included are references and support materials that allow school leaders to recognize and reduce the risk of suicide contagion behavior within the school.

If you would like to find out more about the training schedule, please email