River of Life is an interactive half-day workshop created for adults working with Indigenous young people 12 and up.

This interactive workshop discusses strategies to strengthen the protective factors of young people considering suicide and focuses on providing participants with knowledge to competently respond.

Learning objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize how the role of community and culture supports Indigenous life promotion
  • Recognize protective factors, risk factors and warning signs in young people
  • Build confidence to competently respond to young people in crisis
  • Use principles of safety planning to help a young person develop their own plan for safety

Intervention approaches build on the skills taught in the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) as they apply to youth.

This workshop may be offered virtually or in-person.


Ages 18+
This workshop provides information and offers practical approaches for those working with Indigenous young people 12 and up who may be thinking about suicide.

Participants can include but not limited to: parents and caregivers, family and friends, natural helpers and advisors, teachers and educational administrators, health practitioner, justice, first responders, and volunteers.

Certificate and Accreditation

All participants will receive a participation certificate upon completing 3.5-4 hours of instruction hours.

Special Accommodations

Please contact the Centre for Suicide Prevention if you need specific accommodations.