UPEI has received a $25-thousand Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant to support mental health training.
The funding will support PEI’s ASIST Program, which is the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training program.
It means that two UPEI Student Affairs employees will be professionally trained as instructors in the ASIST program. Once they’re trained, they’ll be able to instruct students, faculty and staff on the ASIST program. It will begin with those who may be the first point of contact for students in a crisis.
The University says that having members trained in suicide intervention will help create more discussion about the state of student mental health, and provide crucial support to students in need.