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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a 2-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid where participants learn to recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide and respond in ways that help increase their immediate safety and link them to further help.

It is intended that ASIST participants will be better prepared to:

  • reflect on how their attitudes and beliefs about suicide affect their intervention role;
  • discuss suicide with a person at risk in a direct manner;
  • build a collaborative approach to intervention focused on safe outcomes;
  • review immediate suicide risk and develop appropriate safeplans;
  • demonstrate skills required to intervene with a person at risk of suicide;
  • identify resources available to a person at risk of suicide;
  • make a commitment to improving community resources; and
  • recognise that suicide prevention is broader than suicide first aid and includes life-promotion and self-care for caregivers.

Who should attend?

All caregivers – any person in a position of trust. This includes professionals (mental health professionals, nurses, physicians, pharmacists, teachers, counsellors, youth workers, police and correctional staff, school support staff and clergy) and also the general public.

 

ASIST is one of the LivingWorks suite of programs, and is one of the most widely used and most recognised suicide prevention intervention training in the world. Since 1983, ASIST has been delivered to over one million caregivers in more than 15 countries around the world.

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