Suicide Intervention Assistance Training Coming to Terrace

The Womens Resource Center in Terrace will host a Suicide Intervention Workshop next week.

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in Canada, and has had a particularly tragic impact on Indigenous communities in recent years.

According to the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, about 3,600 people commit suicide each year in Canada... Which equates to about 10 suicides per day. 

It is estimated that a third of all deaths among aboriginal youth are attributable to suicide.

These issues have resulted in a national public outcry for intervention.

"ASIST" - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training - is a workshop that will be offered in Terrace.

Elena Kusaka, Coordinator of the Terrace Womens Resource Center, says this program can help save lives;

"The training is basically to teach people some skills to identify the signs of having suicidal thoughts, and also to do some basic safety planning with another person."

Cost for the two-day workshop will be 150$. The program will run on April 10th and 11th, and is open to all caregivers, adults, and youth aged 16-plus.