ASIST training graduatesLock & Talk Virginia provides a variety of  low and/or no-cost trainings around the topics of suicide prevention and education.

To help you pick the right training for you, we have categorized our trainings as “Intervention,” “Alertness,” or “Awareness.” Please note, some trainings may have age restrictions.



Awareness– Appropriate for anyone (friends, parents, teachers, coaches, etc.) who would like to know more about the issues surrounding suicide, depression, or anxiety.

Alertness- Appropriate for anyone (friends, parents, teachers, coaches, etc.) who would like to learn more about the signs and symptoms of recognizing someone who maybe having a mental health crisis.

Intervention– Appropriate for anyone, especially those whose professions may place them in frequent contact with high-risk populations. Individuals such as teachers, school administrators, nurses, social workers, security or law enforcement officers are encouraged to attend.

For more information or to schedule a training in your community, complete the contact form below.


suicideTALK                                                                     Awareness

suicideTALK is a 1 to 2-hour exploration in suicide awareness. Participants will face challenging attitudinal issues about suicide and feel encourages to find a part they can play in preventing suicide. Minimum age of participants: 15 years.

SafeTALK                                                                            Alertness

Suicide Alertness for community members.  safeTALK is 3 ½- hour training program that prepares helpers to identify persons experiencing thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first–aid resources.  Most people with thoughts of suicide, either directly or indirectly, invite help to stay safe.  Alert helpers know how to identify and work with these opportunities to help protect life. Powerful videos illustrate both non-alert and alert responses.  Discussion and practice stimulate learning.  Minimum age of participants: 15 years.

Mental Health First Aid                                                    Alertness

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.  Suggested minimum age of participants: 18 years.

Youth Mental Health First Aid                                          Alertness

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour designed for adults who interact with young people (parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, and peers).  The course teaches how to help an adolescent (aged 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or substance abuse challenge. Suggested minimum age of participants:  18 years.

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month          Alertness

September Training Event

This annual event brings nationally recognized speakers to the region to address topics such as lived experience (survivors of suicide and attempt survivors), leading suicide research and theory, and professional intervention experiences.

ASIST                                                                                           Intervention

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a 2-day, interactive workshop that prepares caregivers to provide suicide life-assisting, first aid intervention.  Small group discussions and skills practice are based on adult learning principles.  ASIST teaches Pathways for Assisting Life (PAL) a practical guide to doing suicide interventions. The course is written for any caregiver in the community. Minimum age of participants: 18 years.

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