Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two day interactive workshop in suicide first aid and more. ASIST teaches participants to recognise when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop – anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.
An accredited two day, interactive training that prepares caregivers to provide suicide first aid interventions.
Anyone 16 or older (despite previous training) can learn and use the ASIST model. No previous mental health or suicide prevention experience is necessary.
After taking ASIST, you will be better able to:
The ASIST workshop is divided into five sections that follow in a logical progression to gradually build comfort, confidence and understanding around suicide and suicide intervention.
Preparing: Sets the tone, norms, and expectations of the learning experience over the two days.
Connecting: Enables participants to reflect on their own attitudes towards suicide. This creates an understanding of the impact that attitudes can have on the intervention process.
Understanding: An overview of the intervention needs of a person at risk. The trainers focus on providing participants with the knowledge and skills to:
Assisting: Presents a model for effective suicide intervention. Participants develop their skills through observation and supervised simulation exercises in large and small groups.
Networking: The trainers share information about resources in the local community and promote participant commitment to encouraging the transformation of local resources into helping networks.