Because it’s more likely to encounter someone experiencing an emotional crisis than a physical crisis, we face the need to equip ourselves with techniques and knowledge to de-escalate crises and act as the first line of response.
Lines for Life offers several trainings to both community partners and the public to help increase awareness that mental illness is real, but also treatable. Our trainings provide the skills and background necessary to effectively assist individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. All trainings are evidence-based and conducted by experienced trainers.
- ASIST : Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
- Mental Health First Aid
- Youth Mental Health First Aid
Don’t see what you’re looking for? Lines for Life also offers customized courses and consultation services to develop a training that suits your organization’s needs. You can reach us by email at [email protected] or call 503.244.5211. Download a pdf (1MB) of our Training Brochure.
ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
This two-day intensive, interactive workshop provides participants with the skills to assist in suicide intervention. This training is suitable for a vast array of individuals and organizations including mental health professionals, schools, religious groups, military personnel, community volunteers, or anyone in a position of trust.
The class is composed of lectures, small group discussions, and interactive exercises.
ASIST also includes demonstrations and role-playing of common suicide intervention situations, allowing participants to practice their newly learned suicide intervention skills in a supportive environment.
Upon completion of the highly interactive workshop, participants will be prepared to:
• recognize invitations for help
• reach out and offer support
• assess risk of suicide
• apply evidence-based suicide intervention model
• link people with community resources
The techniques and skills you’ll gain through ASIST transcend cultural and international barriers. With over one million participants worldwide, graduates feel ready and confident to help others after completing ASIST training.
Length: Two-Day Training
Credit: 12.0 NASW CEs for social workers, licensed professional counselors (LPCs); alcohol-and-drug-prevention-and-treatment providers receive ACCBO credit.
safeTALK: Suicide Alertness for Everyone Tell / Ask / Listen / Keep safe
This 3.5-hour course is open to anyone who’d like to learn how to identify people that are having thoughts of suicide, confirm that thoughts of suicide are present, and connect the person to resources. The safeTALK program aims to make the community safer by equipping the public with the techniques and skills each person needs to reduce the risks of suicide.
Participants learn how to activate a suicide alert, and help a person having suicidal thoughts. The class includes group discussions, videotaped simulations, and role playing.
After training, participants become “suicide alert helpers” and have the training to:
• reduce their tendency to miss, dismiss, or avoid suicide
• identify people who have suicidal thoughts
• apply the TALK steps to connect those with suicidal thoughts to intervention resources
Length: 3.5 hours
Mental Health First Aid
For anyone who comes into contact with the general public, this interactive eight-hour community education program teaches participants how to identify, understand, and respond to indicators of mental illness and substance abuse. Mental Health First Aid participants will challenge conventional stereotypes regarding mental illness, reframing myths into positive action and compassionate understanding.
This Mental Health First Aid course simulates a variety of different mental health crises an individual may encounter. Through sample role-play scenarios and interactive dialogue, participants will learn how to approach and provide assistance to people with suicidal thoughts.
Specifically, trainees learn, practice, and implement a five-step action plan called ALGEE:
• Assess for risk of suicide or harm
• Listen non-judgmentally
• Give reassurance and information
• Encourage appropriate professional help
• Encourage self-help and other support strategies
After training, participants have reported:
• greater confidence in offering help to others
• reduction in stigmatization attitudes
• improved personal mental health
Length: One day
Credit: Approved for continuing education credits through NASW and ACCBO and by AMH for adult foster home training credits
Youth Mental Health First Aid
This eight-hour training is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. It incorporates the tenets of the Mental Health First Aid training into a course focused on helping youth navigate through mental health crises, bullying, and substance abuse.
The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan (ALGEE) to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.
Upon completion of the training, participants in the program will be able to:
• assess for the risk of suicide or self-harm
• provide immediate support to youth in crisis
• develop crucial non-judgmental listening skills
• encourage youth to seek appropriate professional resources
• assist youth in helping themselves by choosing life, health, and wellness
Length: One day