What are 'suicide intervention skills'?
Globally, one person dies from suicide every 40 seconds – more than all the yearly victims of wars and natural disaster and twice as many deaths as from homicides
Combatting this starts with recognising signs of suicide but, more crucially, knowing how and when to act. ASIST teaches participants to recognise when someone may have thoughts of suicide and successfully work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. Several studies demonstrate ASIST’s effectiveness.
Since 2013, ASIST 11 is the most recent version of the course. No prior experience is necessary. For those trained in ASIST 10 or earlier, signing up for ASIST 11 is recommended.
Due to the nature of the course, it is only possible to complete the training in person. This can be done at our public training location in Brighton, or at national venues with your organisation.
Our skilled trainers will be available to offer support and create a learning atmosphere where participants can encourage and support each other.
- Understand reasons for suicidal thoughts and factors which influence people
- Become more suicide alert: recognise people asking for help, understand the barriers people face
- Practise providing guidance and suicide first aid to a person at risk, meeting their individual safety needs
- Learn the key elements of an effective suicide safety plan and how to implement it effectively
- Understand the value of improving and integrating suicide prevention resources in the community at large
- Explore community resources and learn how to connect people with support networks
- Recognise other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care
- Participants receive a 20-page workbook, wallet card, and stickers as well as a certificate upon successful completion
Who is it for?
Police officers and law enforcement
Paramedics, doctors, nurses and medical staff
Social service workers
At-risk youth or at-risk childcare professionals