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The ASK Workshop (Assessing for Suicide in Kids)

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Elgin County YFC/Youth Unlimited Centre

21 Edward St.

St. Thomas, ON n5p1y3


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Young children think of suicide and act on suicide thoughts. Learn how to help at The 'ASK' Workshop.

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This one-day workshop challenges commonly held notions about childrens’ capacity to consider suicide.

It facilitates awareness of the signs that a young child may be at risk and what is needed to help.

Case studies provide opportunities to apply what is learned, a helper tool teaches how to organize and summarize the available information about a given child in a form that can be used by someone, perhaps the participants themselves, in safety planning.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Registration closes 1 week prior to the actual workshop so advanced reading materials can be sent to the workshop participants to lay a foundation for this day of learning. So don't delay.

Participants are typically helpers who routinely come into contact with children age 5-14.


A research based definition of suicidality in children

How a child’s understanding of death is linked to suicide risk

Key questions helpers need to ask a child to assess risk

Learn through lecture, discussion, video, case studies

Personality traits commonly seen in children at risk

How to talk with a child about death and suicide

How to align with parents and others who can create safety


The desired learning outcomes of The “ASK” Workshop are that participants will:

-recognize how a child’s understandings of death and suicide may be implicated in risk;

-become aware of the ways children at risk of suicide communicate the need for help;

-recognize factors that may increase suicide risk and those that may mitigate it;

-know how to work with both in order to formulate the basis of a plan for safety;

-recognize the need to enlist the support of others to create safety.

Participants of The “ASK” Workshop leave better equipped to reduce the risk of suicide and enlist help for young children.


-A workbook

-Caregiver tool

-Wallet card



Kyle Rolph has over 30 years of experience working with children and youth in a variety of venues. Nearly 20 of those years right here in St. Thomas and Elgin County.

Kyle joined the Elgin County YFC/Youth Unlimited team in May of 2012. Kyle oversees the weekly youth group, is involved with several students in St. Thomas schools as a mentor and coach, and runs The Upper Room. The Upper Room is an emergency youth shelter open on an on-call, emergency basis to give young people in need of a safe, warm place to crash, somewhere to go for the night. Kyle also provides trusteeship assistance to several local youth at any given time.

Kyle is trained in ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), safeTALK, and Crisis Intervention and Prevention. He also holds a Certificate in Leadership Training from the University of Waterloo, a Bachelor’s Degree from, what is now, Heritage College in Cambridge ON, and a Master’s Degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana.

Kyle is a certified safeTALK trainer and a certified ASK trainer eager to see the impact that both of these workshops will have in the community.

He resides in St. Thomas ON with his beautiful wife and three lovely children.


The ASK workshop was very informative and helpful. You have a lovely relaxed style that encourages openness and engagement of the participants! -Sandra, School Board Mental Health Lead

(Kyle is) an excellent facilitator who created and open collegial atmosphere for learning.

I thought everything was great and I will definitely be referring others to this workshop in the future. - Richelle, Child and Youth Care Student

An amazing workshop that brought up a lot of great conversations.

I really enjoyed the way the material was presented and that we were able to practice the skills we learned.

Effective materials and format, it has been helpful to learn how children are affected by suicide.

Thank you! This is knowledge that is needed in our community.

Presenter and style was easy to listen to. The material was easy to follow and the diversity of the group helped with discussions.

Good format. Really good and relevant content. Great conversations.

Regstration fees will also go towards helping Elgin County YFC/Youth Unlimited continue their crucial work with at-risk youth.

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Elgin County YFC/Youth Unlimited Centre

21 Edward St.

St. Thomas, ON n5p1y3


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