UM to Hold Suicide-Prevention Training

April 10, 2015

MISSOULA ‒ The University of Montana will hold two suicide-prevention training workshops on campus in April.

The first session, titled “safeTALK (Suicide Alertness for Everyone),” runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday, April 20, in Payne Family Native American Center Room 202. The course costs $30.

The safeTALK program alerts community members to signs that a person may be considering suicide. It acknowledges that while most people at risk of suicide signal their distress and invite help, these intervention opportunities are often overlooked. SafeTALK participants learn to recognize when someone might have thoughts of suicide and connect them with further suicide-intervention help.

The second training is a two-day course called “Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)” and runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, April 22-23, in University Center Rooms 326-327. It costs $110.

ASIST is an interactive workshop in suicide first aid. It teaches participants to recognize when someone might be at risk of suicide and work with them to create a plan to support their immediate safety.

The trainings, sponsored by the Institute for Educational Research and Service in UM’s Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, are intended for University staff and faculty, but students and the public are encouraged to sign up as well.

Registration for both courses is available online at The sessions are limited to 30 participants each.

For more information call Nancy Berg at the Institute for Educational Research and Service at 406-243-4973 or email

Contact: Nancy Berg, manager of professional development projects, UM Institute for Educational Research and Service, 406-243-4973,