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You Can Assist Those at Risk for Suicide

The CHCC Community Guidance Center’s Suicide Prevention Program is committed to addressing the burden of suicide in the CNMI. In addition to providing intervention and counseling services, the program also focuses on outreach and education in the community, as well as promoting suicide intervention techniques through Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). ASIST workshops are held regularly by the Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention Program (GLS), under the CGC Suicide Prevention Program.

The goal of ASIST is to help people become willing, ready, and able to provide emergency first aid to individuals who are at risk for suicide. During this two-day workshop, participants learn how to:

  • Recognize people at risk for suicide.
  • Identify the key elements of an effective suicide safety plan, and the actions required to implement it.
  • Appreciate the value of improving and integrating suicide prevention resources into our community.
  • Understand other important aspects of suicide prevention, including life-promotion and self-care.

ASIST workshops are open to anyone 16 or older, and are the most widely used suicide intervention training workshops in the world. They offer something to every participant, no matter how experienced. Our trainers are all certified by LivingWorks, the developers of ASIST.

For more information or to sign up for an ASIST workshop, please contact the the CGC Suicide Prevention Program at 664-5483/5433 from 7:30AM – 4:30PM, Monday through Friday, or find them on Facebook @cnmisuicideprevention.

The CGC Suicide Prevention Program provides prevention and intervention services to those who are having thoughts of suicide or have made a suicide attempt. Their mission is to reduce the incidence of suicide behaviors among CNMI residents and increase access to appropriate prevention and intervention services. The GLS program provides services geared at youth and young adults, with financial support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA).

If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, don’t wait. Reach out to the CGC Suicide Prevention Program at (670) 664-5433, available Monday-Friday from 7:30AM-4:30PM. Outside of those hours, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, which is available 24/7.