Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. 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.
Since its development in 1983 by LivingWorks, ASIST has received regular updates to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice, and over 1,000,000 people have taken the workshop. Studies show that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings in those at risk and is a cost-effective way to help address the problem of suicide.
ASIST 11 is the most recent version, for those trained in ASIST 10 or an earlier, signing up for an ASIST 11 training is recommended.
“Cutting edge, front-line, hands on, LIFE SAVING resource, made highly accessible and instantly applicable. The kind of training that keeps people alive.”
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.
Please find the average course evaluation scores below, taken from participants who have attended ASIST.
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* 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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for available dates or more information.
On Friday 8 September, Grassroots Suicide Prevention will be relaunching their suicide prevention App #StayAlive.
Stay Alive is the ideal tool to help people who are suffering with thoughts of suicide to be reminded of their own reasons for living and access support in times of crisis. It’s also a great resource for carers supporting people with thoughts of suicide.
We currently have 30,000 downloads and are looking to significantly add to this during World Suicide Prevention Day, on 10 September 2017. Your support could help save a life.
How? By downloading this free, award-winning app you will help highlight the importance of suicide prevention.
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We are pleased to announce the appointment of our new Training Manager Greg Burgess. He has extensive knowledge of suicide prevention work and has previously lead on award winning partnerships in Scotland. We are excited to be working with Greg and are looking forward to his contributions to our new men's suicide prevention project in East Sussex.
"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."