Communities can do so much to help people – particularly young people – when it comes to suicide prevention.

A key focus of the ASCEND program is to build the workforce and community capacity in recognising and responding to people at risk of suicide. ASCEND has two key avenues that help deliver on this:

  • Training.  ASCEND delivers full or half day suicide risk assessment workshops to professionals in the human services field. The half day training covers Suicide Risk Assessment, and provides practical guidance for working with at risk people. The full day training covers the above but has an additional focus on self-harm as well as culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities and mental health.  These workshops are conducted on a regular basis throughout the year and can also be tailored to suit specific agency or staff needs.
  • Consultation. ASCEND has two levels of consultation – a primary level to assess the degree of suicide risk and planning appropriate responses alongside the referring party and the young person at risk, and a secondary level of consultation to liaise with and advise concerned parties about a particular young person.

ASCEND also supports and assists the worker, parent or carer with referring the young person to an appropriate service for ongoing support.

Program details 

Who: Young people up to the age of 25 exhibiting any form of suicidal, self-harming or depressive behaviours.

How: To make a referral or access the service, please contact us on (08) 8215 6700 during office hours.

Where: The ASCEND program operates throughout the Adelaide metropolitan area.

Contact: The team is based in the city at 45 Wakefield Street, Adelaide.  You can reach them on (08) 8215 6700 or by email to


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