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CMHA Edmonton offers a number of training workshops for both adults and youth. Read more below.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)


Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day intensive, interactive and practice-dominated course designed to help caregivers recognize and review risk, and intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. It is by far the most widely used, acclaimed and researched suicide intervention training workshop in the world. This workshop is valid for 14 Class ‘A’ Continuing Competency credits for Social Workers.


This half day follow-up to the 2 day ASIST workshop offers you the opportunity to review the intervention process and discuss with peers challenges and successes in implementing the ASIST model. You must have previously attended the 2 day ASIST workshop within the last 3 years. Attending the TuneUp will renew your ASIST Certification for another 2 years.

Little Cub

Little Cub is a 1-day, discussion-based workshop examining suicide prevention in Indigenous children and communities.


Mental Health First Aid (Basic Course)


The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)training course was developed to help people provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. MHFA Canada teaches mental health first aid skills. The course does not train people to be therapists, counselors, or mental health professionals. The philosophy behind MHFA Canada is that mental health crisis, such as suicidal and self-harming actions, may be avoided through early intervention. If a crisis does arise, then members of the public can take action that may reduce the harm that could result.

Mental Health First Aid (Youth)

The Mental Health First Aid (Youth) training course teaches first aid skills to adults so they can provide help to youth (ages 12-24) developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Suicide Awareness for Everyone (safeTALK)


Suicide Awareness for Everyone (safeTALK)is a 3.5 hour workshop alerts one to warning signs indicating risk of suicide. The workshop emphasizes the importance of recognizing the signs, communicating with the person at risk and getting help or resources for the person at risk.

Anyone age 16 and older is encouraged to take this course. Participants can include but not limited to: parents and caregivers; family and friends; youth aged 16 or older; natural helpers and advisors; educators and ministers; health practitioners; justice, law enforcers, emergency workers, and community volunteers.

Suicide To Hope

Suicide to Hope: A Recovery & Growth Workshop is a one-day workshop primarily designed for clinicians and other professional caregivers who work with persons recently at risk of and currently safe from suicide. It provides tools to help these caregivers and persons with experience of suicide work together to develop achievable and significant recovery and growth goals.

Tattered Teddies - Child Suicide Prevention

Suicidal behaviour in children age 12 or younger is a subject of growing concern for those who work with children. Suicidal thoughts and attempts in children have sometimes been overlooked, denied or ignored. Tattered Teddies is an interactive half-day workshop which examines warning signs in a child and explores intervention strategies through stories and case studies.

Intervention approaches build on the skills taught in the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) as they apply to children.

Walk With Me

This workshop is intended for Indigenous caregivers working in Indigenous communities.

The Walk With Me workshop draws on Indigenous culture and tradition as it seeks to take participants through the cycle of suicide grief. Indigenous communities are frequently struck with a series of suicide deaths in a short period of time, each of these deaths adding to the already present burden of grief and loss. Bringing community members together for a day of hope and healing builds understanding and strength. This workshop takes the participants on a journey from the past, to the present and looks to the future; it creates a context for people to examine where they are in the grief cycle and how they can move forward to hope.