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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Learn how to prevent suicide by recognising signs, providing a skilled intervention, and developing a safety plan.

Description

In this two-day workshop, participants will learn to recognise when someone may be at risk 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—ASIST can be learned and used by anyone. Anyone aged 16 and older can learn the skills to intervene and save a life from suicide.

Workshop activities are structured around the ASIST intervention model and provide applicable, hands-on skills practice.

Participants will receive a 20-page workbook, wallet card, and stickers. Participants also receive a certificate upon completing the workshop.

Delivery

The ASIST workshop is divided into five sections that follow in a logical progression to gradually build comfort and understanding around suicide and suicide intervention.

Duration

Two days (7.5 hours per day)

Structure

Small-group learning: participants spend over half the workshop in a small group with one of two of the trainers.

Outcome

Results demonstrate that ASIST helps participants become more willing, ready, and able to intervene with someone at risk of suicide.

For 24-hour telephone crisis support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14

If life is in danger, call 000

Lifeline South Coast would like to acknowledge the lives that have been lost to suicide. We are committed to supporting those with a lived experience of suicide and aim to reduce the stigma around seeking help for poor mental health and suicidal crisis.