Jay Winstead, LCSW Clinical Trainer & Zero Suicide Initiative Coordinator at Mental Health Partners Graduated from Colorado State University Mental Health Partners Team Member for 10 years ASIST, SafeTALK, QPR Prior to joining MHP’s training team, I served as a clinician on MHP’s crisis team for 8 years. At this point in my career, I feel training is a way to help more people than I could help as a clinician working with one individual at a time. For me, it’s also an avenue of personal growth. Any experienced teacher or trainer knows your students can teach you as much or more than you teach them. If you go in to each class being open to a dialogue with the participants, you’ll learn! I especially like presenting ASIST because of its emphasis on storytelling and deep listening. I think a lot of people instinctively understand the power of engaged, compassionate listening, and they understand how transformative and healing it can be when we get to tell our story to someone who really hears us and doesn’t feel compelled to jump in and try to “fix” our problem right away or tell us what to do. In my free time, you can find me meditating, reading, traveling, hiking, hanging out with friends, or cooking. Learn about our trainings Mental Health Partners is proud to employ a team of compassionate and dedicated expert trainers. Our trainers specialize in mental health trainings such as Mental Health First Aid, and suicide-education specific trainings such as SafeTalk and ASIST. To learn more about our trainings, click here.