CommUnity is offering suicide prevention training

CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank is offering free Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) this month.

The two-day interactive training program in suicide first-aid is designed to provide trainees with the hands-on skills to intervene in the case of suicidal thoughts. ASIST training is ideal for first responders, teachers, school administrators, social workers, counselors, clergy, business managers and parents.

Although ASIST is widely used by health care providers, participants do not need formal training to attend the workshop. Anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model. Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training is the most widely used suicide prevention training program in the world.

The free course will be offered Nov. 6-7 and Nov. 13-14 in two sessions. Both sessions will be held 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the University of Iowa School of Social Work, 308 North Hall, Room 332 in Iowa City. Drinks, snacks and lunch will be provided.

To register for the first weekend, click here. To register for the second weekend, click here. To learn more, call (319) 351-2726, ext. 837 or email

Community Crisis Services and Food Bank is affiliated with the American Association of Suicidology and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

If you are in crisis and need someone to listen, call 1-855-325-4296. To learn more, visit