Training Services

Everyone can play a role in preventing suicide!

We know it’s a scary topic for some, but our awareness and intervention trainings can help your school, workplace, or community organization have important conversations and learn evidence-based tools to create a suicide-safer community. Certified trainers on staff.


Trainings Offered by Barb Smith and Staff include:

LivingWorks Education is a suicide intervention training company that trains community helpers of all kinds to work in an intervention context. Barb Smith Suicide Resource and Response Network is proud to be part of the family of LivingWorks trainers. Learn more about LivingWorks at
safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety.

Over the course of their two-day workshop, ASIST participants learn to:

  • Understand the ways that 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

Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop—anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.

Yellow Ribbon is recognized as a best practice in suicide prevention and we offer this workshop in both hour-long school assembly and 1.5-hour community presentation formats. In this workshop, Barb Smith Suicide Resource and Response Network staff will share stories to help identify others who may be at risk for suicide. Participants will be given the tools to help someone who may be depressed or suicidal as well as identifying community resources.

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