Goals and Objectives:

The overall goal of SafeTALK is to prepare anyone over the age of 15 to become a suicide alert helper. After the training, participants should be able to recognize suicidal symptoms and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources such as caregivers trained in ASIST. This training is used in over 20 countries around the world.


Work shop features

  • Presentations and guidance from a trainer

  • Access to support from a local community resource member

  • The simple and effective TALK steps; Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep safe

  • Hands-on skills

  • Personal development


Who should participate?

Anyone and everyone should participate in SafeTALK but there are certain community members who could really benefit from the training. These members include teachers, formal caregivers, medical professionals, police officers, community volunteers, first responders, military personnel and social workers.


Length: Approximately 3.5 hours



Goals and Objectives:

This training was developed in 1983 and is regularly updated. ASIST is the world’s leading suicide intervention workshop. Participants learn to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Over 1,000,000 people have taken the workshop and studies have proven that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings for those at risk.


Work shop Features

  • Presentations and guidance from two registered trainers

  • A scientifically proven intervention model

  • Powerful audiovisual learning aids

  • Group discussions

  • Skills practice and development

  • A balance of challenge and safety


Who should participate?

Everyone should attend ASIST. Many professionals attend ASIST because suicide intervention skills are essential for their work. ASIST is a mandatory component of training. Nurses, physicians, mental health professionals, pharmacists, teachers, counselors, youth workers, police, first responders, and school support staff have all found that ASIST complements their existing training and knowledge.


Length: 2 day interactive session




The connect suicide postvention program increases the capacity of a community or organization to respond effectively to a suicide death in order to prevent additional suicides and promote healing for survivors of suicide loss. This training uses a holistic, socio-ecological model that examines suicide in the context of the individual, family, tribe, community, and society.


Work shop features

  • Interactive case scenarios, activities, understanding of how to coordinate a safe and supportive response to a suicide

  • Knowledge of appropriate memorial activities

  • Safe communication and responses to media inquiries

  • Understanding of how to reduce the risk of suicide related phenomena

  • Knowledge of resources available for survivors


Who should participate?

Everyone should participate. This training could really benefit certain professions such as social workers, school counselors and school staff, news reporters and radio personnel.


Length: 6 hours


Youth Mental Health First Aid


This training is designed to teach caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health, addictions challenge, or is in crisis.


Work shop features

  • Introduces common mental health challenges for youth

  • Reviews typical adolescent development

  • Teaches a 5 step action plan for young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations

  • Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behaviors and eating disorders

  • Teaches local resources and where to turn for help


Who should participate?

This training is designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. This includes parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors and health and human services workers.


Length: This training is usually 8 hours long but can be divided into 2 days if necessary.


Creating Suicide Safety in Schools


The school personnel that attend the Creating Suicide Safety in Schools workshop will be able to

  • Review, refine and implement school-based suicide prevention

  • Intervention activities

  • Create a school specific comprehensive suicide prevention and response plan

  • Assess suicide program and training needs

  • Access available local and national resources for school-based suicide prevention


Workshop Features

  • Presentations

  • Group planning documents

  • Incorporates key aspects of the social-ecological prevention model

  • Recommendations for school-based suicide prevention practices

  • Identification and reduction of student risk factors.


Who should attend?

School-based interdisciplinary teams


Length: One day


Lifelines Curriculum


Lifelines is a comprehensive, school-wide suicide prevention program for middle and high school students. The goal of Lifelines is to promote a caring, competent school community in which seeking help is encouraged and modeled, while suicidal behavior is recognized as an issue that cannot be kept secret. Lifelines seeks to increase the likelihood that school staff and students will know how to identify at-risk youth when they encounter them, provide an appropriate initial response, and obtain help, as well as be inclined to take such action.


Workshop Outcomes

  • Increase knowledge about suicide

  • Change views about suicide and suicide intervention

  • Change attitudes about seeking adult help

  • Change attitudes about keeping a friend’s suicide thoughts a secret


Who should attend?

This program was specifically designed for students in grades 8-10 but can be used for students up until their senior year.


Length: This program consists of four 45 minute lessons or two 90 minute lessons.




The Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale is used extensively across primary care, clinical practice, surveillance, research and institutional settings. This training is part of a national and international public health initiative involving the assessment of suicidality.


Workshop Features

  • Different scenarios to enhance your level of suicide severity understanding

  • Information to help you understand who is at risk

  • Information on how to help someone who is at risk


Who should attend?

Parents, teachers, school staff, medical personnel, police officers, correction officers and social workers can benefit from this training.


Length: 2 hours


Mental Health First Aid


Mental health first aid teaches participants signs of addictions and mental illnesses, impact of mental and substance use disorders, a 5 step action plan to assess a situation and help, and offers local resources on where to turn for help.


Workshop Features

  • Learning exercises

  •  Opportunity to practice helping skills

  • Getting involved with the material

  • Relating the new skills acquired to real life situations


Who should attend?

Teachers, police, fire fighters, medical personnel, Social Workers, parents, and any caring citizens can benefit from this training.


Length: 8 hours, sometimes broken up into two day sessions.






If you are interested in learning more about the trainings offered through Chautauqua Tapestry, please contact Victoria Patti at (716) 753-4519 or