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ASIST Workshop February 15 & 16, 2017

CMHA Kootenays

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 at 9:00 AM - Thursday, 16 February 2017 at 5:00 PM (MST)

ASIST Workshop February 15 & 16, 2017

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As part of Community Gatekeeper Training Project, CMHA Kootenays is offering a two-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop to our community members.

 ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide intervention and safety planning. Learn to:

  • Understand the ways personal and societal attitudes affect views on suicide and interventions
  • Provide guidance and suicide first-aid to a person at risk in ways that meet their individual safety needs

  • Identify the key elements of an effective suicide safety plan and the actions required to implement it

  • Appreciate the value of improving and integrating suicide prevention resources in the community at large

  • Recognize other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care

This training is two days long, and will be offered on the following dates and times:

Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 and Thursday, February 16, 2017

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00pm (both days) - each day will consist of a 1 hour lunch break; lunch being provided by the Creston Child/Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Collaborative (CYMHSU).

Fees: Registration fees will be covered by the Creston CYMHSU.

Location: Valley Community Services Group Room, 915 Pine Street, Creston, BC.

Age: This workshop is intended for participants 16 years and older.

Important: Minimum 48 hours’ notice is required for cancelling your registration for a full refund. No refund will be issued if you cancel within 48 hours.

Please note that this training workshop will require a minimum of 10 participants to a maximum of 15 participants. CMHA Kootenays reserves the right to cancel the workshop if the minimum number of participants is not met. In the event the workshop is cancelled by CMHA Kootenays, a full refund will be issued.

Talking about suicide can be difficult, however, more so if you have recently been impacted by a suicide attempt or death. We encourage you to take significant time for healing before attending a suicide intervention training.   For some this may be a number of months, and for others this could be a year or more.  Only you know. 

If you have experienced a suicide death additional healing support is available by contacting your local Crisis Line at 1-888-353-CARE (2273) or by calling 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433).

You will be provided with a workbook for this session. Please bring a pen/pencil for you to be able to take notes. Please also dress comfortably for the training.

Refreshments and light snacks will be provided.

Please refrain from wearing perfume or any other scented products when you come to the training so those who may be sensitive to fragrances can also attend the training.

To reserve your seat, please register online no later than 1 week prior to the workshop. 

For more information, please contact Patricia Whalen at 250-426-5222 ext.3124 or at

 I look forward to working with you to help build suicide-safer communities.

Patricia Whalen

Regional Gatekeeper Coordinator


39-13th Ave S, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 2V4
Telephone: 250-426-5222 ext.3124 Fax: 250-426-2134

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When & Where

Valley Community Services Group Room
915 Pine Street
Creston, BC V0B 1G0

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 at 9:00 AM - Thursday, 16 February 2017 at 5:00 PM (MST)

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CMHA Kootenays

Our Vision: Mental health for all

Our Mission

As a nation-wide, voluntary organization, The Canadian Mental Health Association promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness. The CMHA accomplishes the mission through advocacy, education, research and service 

Kootenays Branch Mandate

To promote the mental health, wellness and emotional stability of all individuals within the communities we serve.

Kootenays Branch will Achieve our Mission by;

  • Promoting a healthy,  holistic environment within communities; encouraging all individuals to address issues of abuse, violence, control, discrimination, and mental health.  The Association is dedicated to a model of service delivery which is both non-judgmental and empowering
  • Providing progressive and cost-effective housing andsupport services that model best practices and transfer skills to the individuals and families served;and
  • Initiatives that support the achievement of empowerment and self-determination of those served

The Framework for Support

The "Framework for Support" is the central philosophy guiding the activities of CMHA. This philosophy holds that a mental health consumer is at the center of any supportive mental health system.  The Community Resource Base, shown below, outlines a range of possible resources in addition to the formal mental health system which can provide support to a person with mental  health illness. Housing, income, work and education represent four basic elements of citizenship.

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