An interactive workshop focusing on mental health and suicide intervention will be coming to Swift Current next month, facilitated by two licensed instructors.

The ASIST Workshop is a two-day, classroom-style, course that will run from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on May 30 and 31.

Beckie Krumm, owner and facilitator of ABK Wellness & Consulting, is eager to educate and connect with the community in hopes of helping prevent suicides before they occur. 

"It's a time for people to gather and learn life-assisting skills," said Krumm. "It allows people to learn how to recognize someone having thoughts of suicide and how to apply safety and create a safety plan for them."

"The beginning of the workshop starts with facilitation around our feelings, attitudes, and beliefs around suicide."

The first day consists of conversations and learning skills to help someone experiencing challenging thoughts, while the second day will put the skills into practice with hands-on exercises.

"A lot of people that come to our workshop may be school staff, youth care workers, people in the medical field, definitely parents, guardians, and even students over the age of 16 are welcome," she said. 

Krumm notes that people dealing with thoughts of suicide and those who have someone at risk in their lives are both welcome.

The ASIST Workshop costs $250 per person and any interested parties can register on the ABK Wellness website.