Suicide Prevention & Crisis Service of Tompkins County offers no-cost community education in a variety of depths when learning about how to recognize someone having thoughts of suicide. Trainings are often provided at the Suicide Prevention & Crisis Service Business Office in downtown Ithaca, or the training can be brought to you. All trainings and workshops can be tailored to your audience in a supportive and meaningful way. Please reach out to Tiffany at if interested in attending or hosting a training.

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. Anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.                                                                                                                                                                       Format: In-Person    Time: Two days, 8:30a – 4:30p        Participant Limit: 30

safeTALK is a half-day training program that teaches participants to recognize and engage persons who might be having thoughts of suicide and to connect them with community resources trained in suicide intervention.                                                                                                         Format: In-Person    Time: 3.5 Hours         Participant Limit: 25

Safe Zone is a program designed to create a network of visible allies to people who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community. This training provides information and resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and vocabulary.                                                  Format: In-Person    Time: 2 or 3 Hours         Participant Limit: Unlimited

Helping Students at Risk for Suicide incorporates the process of assessing, intervening, safety planning, and following up when there is concern that a student may be at-risk for suicide. This training is suitable for school-based health, mental health, pupil services, school safety professionals, administrators, special education, and pupil services administrators. The goals are two-fold: 1) to improve the competence and confidence of school-based professionals to intervene when suicide risk is identified, and 2) to assist school leaders with developing standardized policies and procedures to support best practices in suicide intervention.                                                                                                                              Format: Virtual or In-Person     Time: 8 hours     Participant Limit: Unlimited

Suicide Safety for Teachers & School Staff is designed to meet the basic needs of school administration, faculty, and staff.  Emphasis is on recognizing warning signs, clarifying the referral process in place at school, and making a warm handoff.                                                        Format: Virtual or In-Person    Time: 60 – 90 minutes    Participant Limit: Unlimited

Talk Saves Lives is an education program that provides participants with an introduction to suicide prevention. Participants leave with a clear understanding of suicide as a leading cause of death, including the most up-to-date research on suicide prevention, and what they can do in their communities to save lives.                                                                                                                                                                                    Format: Virtual or In-Person     Time: 45 Minutes       Participant Limit: Unlimited

It’s Real: Teens and Mental Health is intended for high school classes or community settings with groups of teens, ages from 14 to 18. This program provides young people with mental health education and resources. It raises awareness about mental health issues, how to start a conversation about mental health, the importance of self-care, and how to reach out for help.                                                                            Format: Virtual or In-Person       Time: 45 Minutes       Participant Limit: Unlimited

Active Listening Skills Training can be tailored to a multitude of audiences and the time duration can be modified for particular needs. It is not only a very effective form of communication, it also alleviates some of the isolation, loneliness, low self-esteem and feeling that nobody cares that often accompanies bouts of depression. Active listening tells a person in crisis that what they are feeling is important and, by association, that they are deserving of our time and attention.                                                                                                                                                               Format: Virtual or In-Person      Time: 60 – 180 Minutes     Participant Limit: Unlimited

Suicide Prevention & Crisis Service of Tompkins County and the 988 Lifeline is a general overview of suicide statistics, the impact of the 988 Lifeline, basic skills to recognize thoughts of suicide, and a review of the services provided by our organization and the impact we have on supporting suicide-safer communities.                                                                                                                                                                 Format: Virtual or In-Person      Time: 30 – 120 mins      Participant Limit: Unlimited


Contact us today to learn more about a training offering or register to attend. Please reach out to Tiffany at if interested in attending or hosting a training.