Twelve Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) sessions have been offered since August 2014 and 168 Nunavimmiut participated in these training sessions, taking place in the communities of Kuujjuaq, Inukjuak, Puvirnituq and Salluit.
The two-day interactive workshops teach participants how to help recognize risk and how to intervene to prevent suicide. The main objectives of ASIST are:
- Support and provide guidance to persons at risk of suicide.
- Provide knowledge on a suicide safe plan for persons at risk.
- Create a solid network of caregivers in Nunavik.
“Nunavimmiut have been so appreciative of the opportunity to learn new skills needed to help support those in crisis, and the ASIST team continues to be invited to the different communities to do workshops,” said Valerie Lock, ASIST trainer and Chairperson of the Regional Suicide Prevention Committee. “There have been both laughter and tears, and we as trainers have witnessed participants bonding, sharing and learning together as a community. Our hope is that we will have more ASIST trainers soon so we can continue teaching these skills to as many people as possible.”