ASIST 11 (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)

Developed by LivingWorks Education, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is for everyone 16 or older regardless of prior experience who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid. Shown by major studies to significantly reduce suicidality, the ASIST model teaches effective intervention skills while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community.

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Virtually anyone age 16 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, can become an ASIST-trained caregiver. Developed in 1983 and regularly updated to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice, ASIST is the world's leading suicide intervention workshop. During the two-day interactive session, participants learn to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Over 1,000,000 people worldwide have taken the workshop.

ASIST 11 is the most recent version of ASIST and was released in June 2013. While older versions of ASIST still provide proven life-saving skills, ASIST 11 features several significant upgrades. For those trained in ASIST 10 or an earlier version, signing up for an ASIST 11 training is recommended.

Who is it for?

ASIST is suitable for everyone including community members, mental health professionals, nurses, managers, teachers, counsellors, youth workers, emergency service personnel, prison officers, armed forces and faith leaders.

No previous mental health or suicide prevention experience is necessary.

What are the workshop features?

  • Presentations and guidance from two LivingWorks registered trainers
  • A scientifically proven intervention model
  • Powerful audio-visual learning aids
  • Group discussions
  • Skills practice and development
  • A balance of challenge and safety
  • Participant materials include a 20-page workbook, wallet card, and stickers. Participants also receive a certificate upon completing the workshop.

ASIST 11 teaches participants to:

  • be open, honest and direct about suicide,
  • exercise care in expressing their own values about suicide,
  • do whatever they can to respect a person at risk's decision-making rights,
  • appreciate the importance of letting the person at risk talk about suicide,
  • appreciate that some part of a person at risk wants to live,
  • value collaboration with the person at risk,
  • consider things that might threaten the person at risk’s safety,
  • develop a plan that fits the immediate safety needs of the person at risk, and,
  • make sure that the person at risk understands the plan and is committed to carrying it out.

“Cutting edge, front-line, hands on, LIFE SAVING resource, made highly accessible and instantly applicable. The kind of training that keeps people alive.”

An ASIST participant

Grassroots ASIST course feedback 2015-16

Please find the average course evaluation scores below, taken from participants who have attended ASIST.

How would you rate ASIST? (1 = did not like at all, 10 = liked a lot)

I would ask directly about suicide? (1 = strongly disagree, 5 = strongly agree)

If someone told me he or she were thinking of suicide, I would do a suicide intervention? (1 = strongly disagree, 5 = strongly agree)

I feel prepared to help a person at risk of suicide? (1 = strongly disagree, 5 = strongly agree)

I feel confident I could help a person at risk of suicide? (1 = strongly disagree, 5 = strongly agree)


  Individual place Whole course
Standard price £239.00 £3240.00*
Voluntary sector organisation or
smaller1 organisation (any sector)
£215.10 £2916.00*
1smaller means less than 50 paid staff.
* plus return mileage from Brighton to your venue at 45 pence per mile.
* If delivering more than 20 miles from Brighton, please allow 2 nights hotel accommodation plus £60 subsistence for each trainer.

Make a booking - Individual place

We regularly run training courses in Brighton & Hove that anyone can book onto. Please check our list of upcoming courses and make a booking by clicking the Eventbrite link below. Payment can be made by PayPal, credit card, cheque or invoice.

Check for places and make a booking at EventBrite

Make a booking - Whole course

This is a cost-effective way of training between 12 and 16 people in your own venue. You may add extra participants at £100 each up to a course maximum of 24. Two or three trainers deliver the ASIST session (depending on group size), which lasts 2 days with one hour lunch breaks and several other short breaks. Please contact our office ( for available dates or more information.

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Grassroots Suicide Prevention seeks a new Finance Officer

£24,964 pro rata
7.5 hours per week (flexible)

If you are interested in this position you can download the relevant documents on the Recruitment page, where all details about the application process can be found.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 2 June 2017.

Interviews with shortlisted candidates will take place on Friday, 9 June 2017.

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# Stay Alive

A mobile app for those at risk of suicide and people worried about someone.

Android App on Google play
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Patient Safety Awards Winner, 2015

Responding to the launch of the Stay Alive app Emma Wadey, Director of Nursing Standards and Safety at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said:

"Suicide is everyone's business; it devastates so many lives no matter who you are, where you work or where you live. We want to use every method available to us to make Sussex, and beyond, a place where people thinking about suicide are supported and helped in their workplace and their community."

Thank you to all our clients and funders, including

  • Big Lottery Fund
  • NHS Brighton and Hove
  • Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Department of Health
  • Sussex Community Foundation
  • Lloyds Bank
  • Brighton & Hove City Council
  • East Sussex County Council
  • West Sussex County Council
  • Ealing
  • Surrey County Council
  • YMCA
  • Royal Navy
  • Crime Reduction Initiatives