ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is designed to help all caregivers become more ready, willing and able to help persons at risk. Prepared caregivers can help prevent suicide. Unprepared caregivers tend to deny, avoid, even stigmatize and punish persons at risk. That is what society has traditionally done. All evidence indicates that unprepared caregivers continue this dangerous tradition. Training is required to turn denial, avoidance and stigmatization into vigilance, understanding and help.
Learn suicide first aid. Join over one million caregivers and participate in LivingWorks ASIST workshop. Learn to recognize and estimate risk, and become more effective at helping people at risk. The benefits will live on.
Emphasizing structured small-group discussions and practice over two days, the course uses a 20-page workbook and two award-winning audiovisuals. Participants receive a 152-page Suicide Intervention Handbook and a full color, tear-resistant wallet card featuring intervention, risk review and safeplan development principles. They serve as living refreshers of the workshop learning.
ASIST has five learning sections:
- Preparing: sets the tone, norms, and expectations of the learning experience.
- Connecting: sensitizes participants to their own attitudes towards suicide. Creates an understanding of the impact that attitudes have on the intervention process.
- Understanding: overviews the intervention needs of a person at risk. It focuses on providing participants with the knowledge and skills to recognize risk and develop safe plans to reduce the risk of suicide.
- Assisting: presents a model for effective suicide intervention. Participants develop their skills through observation and supervised simulation experiences in large and small groups.
- Networking: generates information about resources in the local community. Promotes a commitment by participants to transform local resources into helping networks.
To participate in ASIST™ workshops, or bring the training to your workplace, call 519-752-2998, ext. 112.