ASCEND is a youth suicide intervention program supporting young people aged up to 25 years who are at risk of suicide and self-harm.

The primary focus is to build the capacity, knowledge and skills of those who work with, or support, young people and children at risk.

We will work with the person and/or parties referring the young person or child to assess the degree of risk and plan appropriate responses, and connect you to relevant services for ongoing support.

Our services

Primary Assessments

We conduct suicide and self-harm risk assessments and provide appropriate responses in conjunction with the young person and referring party.

Support (Secondary)

ASCEND provides support to workers, parents, and/or carers and guardians in response to living or working with a young person or child at risk.


ASCEND delivers workshops and training including:

  • ASCEND Suicide and Self-Harm Intervention Training – one-day course
  • Risk Assessment and Process Training – three-hour course


We have developed professional and effective relationships, enhancing our knowledge within diverse cultures, and needs within our community.

Referral pathway

We provide information on where to go, and who to call. We can support you in your referral process.

Case Study

Jenny, School Deputy Principal

Contacts ASCEND concerned about the worrying statements a student is saying about themselves in a recent meaningful conversation with them, they’re ‘not wanting to be alive anymore’.

School counsellor at Jenny’s school is on leave.

ASCEND team supports Jenny with relevant risk assessment tools, including safety plans, emergency contact numbers and available support within her region for the student, family and school staff.

ASCEND team books in a primary consult that consists of a detailed risk and psychosocial assessment with the student at the school.

ASCEND then works with the student to keep them safe connecting with the family and school about best practice response to support and care.

ASCEND books in a three-hour school leadership and wellbeing staff training on risk assessment, suicide and self harm to support students that are at risk.

Connect with us


To make a referral or access the service, place phone (08) 8303 6660 during office hours or fill in a referral form and email it to us.


ASCEND operates throughout the Adelaide metropolitan area.


The team is based at 78-80 St Vincent St, Port Adelaide, SA 5015. Phone (08) 8303 6660 or email


In the event of an immediate crisis, please call:

  • Ambulance/Police 000
  • Lifeline 13 11 14
  • Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
  • Mental Health Services 13 14 65


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