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Uqaqatigiiluk! Talk About It! ASIST Training Workshops in Nunavut

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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is for anyone interested in learning how to help someone who is having thoughts of suicide.

Many people think ASIST is only for those working in the field of mental health. This is not the case. For someone thinking of suicide, you never know who they will talk to. No prior experience or knowledge is necessary to take this workshop. All you need is to feel emotionally ready to talk about suicide and suicide intervention. The minimum age is 16.

ASIST is not a healing workshop. Although participants are expected to share some experiences and attitudes related to suicide, the focus is on learning the best practices in suicide intervention. The version 10.6 of ASIST, developed by Living Works Education, was modified in 2009 to better fit the Nunavut context. “Uqaqatigiiluk!” or “Talk About It!” is taught by Nunavummiut trainers. The workshop can be delivered in Inuktitut, when a qualified simultaneous interpreter is available.

We urge you to register for this 2-day training that will leave you feeling more ready, willing, and able to help save a life. You will learn what works and what doesn’t work. You will watch audio-visual material and simulation exercises that will help you think critically about suicide intervention, and you will get lots of practice time in a safe, smaller group setting.

If you have taken ASIST in the past, but feel you need a refresher, you are welcome to take it again.

This year, Nunavut Arctic College is receiving more community support to help with the workshop deliveries. By March 2016, NAC plans to deliver 12 ASIST in communities that have submitted an application and to specific groups of participants that have requested the training (see 2015-16 schedule).

If you are interested in knowing more about ASIST, please click on the link for more information. If you wish to register or have your name be put on a waitlist, please contact the ASIST Coordinator Isabelle Dingemans by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 867-222-6881 and leave your name, occupation, complete contact info (work and personal).

For more information on Suicide Prevention in Nunavut, visit the Embrace Life Council website





September 21 – 22, 2015



September 24 – 25, 2015



November 21 – 22, 2015


Rankin Inlet

December 7 – 8, 2015


Cambridge Bay

January 9 – 10, 2016



January 13 – 14, 2016

Confirmed – registration full


Jan 14 – 15, 2016

Confirmed. Was postponed from Nov 12 – 13, 2015 due to availability of trainer


January 18 – 19, 2016


Chesterfield Inlet

February 16 – 17, 2016

Confirmed – registration full


February/March 2016

Tentative - Was postponed from Nov 4 – 5, 2015 due to availability of trainer

Hall Beach

March 2016



March 2016


Learn how to intervene to help save a life!

Watch for announcements of upcoming ASIST/Uqaqatigiilluk! training workshops!


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