At YSS, we provide training, education, and support for those impacted by mental health and suicide. Support staff for the mental health and wellness education program help create connections that will support and educate those impacted by suicide by delivering training that promotes communities and individuals to be safer from suicide.

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Nearly 20% of high school students report serious thoughts of suicide, and 9% have made an attempt to take their lives, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

YSS is dedicated to prevent suicide and help both youth and adults find the help they need.

If you have questions or want to get involved, contact Kalli Kennel at or 515-233-3141, ext. 4406.



YSS offers ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), a two-day workshop designed for members of all caregiving groups.

  • The training teaches suicide first-aid to help at-risk persons stay safe and seek help.
  • Participants learn a suicide intervention model to identify persons with thoughts of suicide, seek shared understanding, develop a safe plan, be prepared to do follow-up, and become involved in suicide-safer community networks.
  • The training is based on adult learning principles and is highly participatory. Skills development occurs through mini-lectures, facilitated discussions, group simulations, and role playing.

To sign-up, contact Kalli Kennel at or 515-233-3141, ext. 4406.


YSS teaches Hazelden Lifelines to youth through four 45-minute sessions. The curriculum is designed for grades 5-6, 7-10, and 11-12. The training covers prevention, intervention, and postvention.

Students will:

  • Recognize the threat of suicidal thoughts and behavior, and take troubled peers seriously
  • Know relevant facts about suicide, including warning signs
  • Demonstrate positive attitudes about intervention and help-seeking behavior
  • Know how to respond to troubled peers
  • Know recourses and be able to name one helpful adult

To sign-up, contact Kalli Kennel at or 515-233-3141, ext. 4406.