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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day, two-trainer, workshop designed for members of all caregiving groups. Family, friends, and other community members may be the first to talk with a person at risk but have little or no training. ASIST teaches participants to recognize 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 18 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.

Over the course of this two-day training, ASIST participants learn to:

  1. Understand the ways that personal and societal attitudes affect views on suicide and interventions

  2. Discuss suicide in a direct manner with someone at risk.

  3. Provide guidance and suicide first aid to a person at risk in ways that meet their individual safety needs

  4. Identify the key elements of an effective suicide safety plan and the actions required to implement it

  5. Appreciate the value of improving and integrating suicide prevention resources in the community at large

  6. Recognize other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care

  7. Make a commitment to improving community resources.

Workshop features:

  • Presentations and guidance from two registered trainers

  • A scientifically proven intervention model

  • Powerful audiovisual learning aids

  • Group discussions

  • Skills practice and development

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