Uqaqatigiilluk! (Talk About It!) is the version of ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) that is taught in Nunavut by Nunavummiut.
ASIST was developed by LivingWorks Education as a crisis intervention training programs to equip people to respond knowledgeably and competently to persons at risk of suicide. Participants learn and practice skills in identifying and responding to people at immediate risk of suicide.
Just as "CPR" skills make physical first aid possible, training in suicide intervention develops the skills used in suicide first aid. ASIST addresses caregiver attitudes towards suicide since these personal elements affect willingness to help and the effectiveness of the help. It also explores options for linking people with resources for ongoing help.
The persons best able to provide suicide first aid are the persons others turn to in times of trouble. They are typically called caregivers or gatekeepers.
After 2 full days of participation, workshop participants leave feeling willing, ready and able to intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.