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ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training


ASIST
Upcoming East Lothian Courses 2024

LivingWorks 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, 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.  

Learning goals and objectives 

Over the course of their two-day workshop, ASIST participants learn to: 

  • Understand the ways that personal and societal attitudes affect views on suicide and interventions
  • Provide guidance and suicide first aid to a person at risk in ways that meet their individual safety needs
  • Identify the key elements of an effective suicide safety plan and the actions required to implement it
  • Appreciate the value of improving and integrating suicide prevention resources in the community at large
  • Recognise other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care

Workshop features

  • Presentations and guidance from two LivingWorks registered trainers
  • A scientifically proven intervention model
  • Powerful audiovisual learning aids
  • Group discussions
  • Skills practice and development
  • A balance of challenge and safety

Course Length: Course is 2 full days. Both days must be attended in full to achieve certification. Payment to secure a place must be made in full and is not returnable, however the participant attending can be changed. Minimum age requirement: 18 years old 

Course Cost: FREE

Lunch, and refreshments are provided.

ASIST funding is from East Lothian Volunteer Centre; the decision has been made to offer spaces to East Lothian residents/or working within East Lothian.
 
If you meet the above criteria, please contact [email protected] to note your interest on our upcoming courses:
 
11th and 12th of March based at The Ridge, Dunbar

March 11 @ 9:00 am March 12 @ 4:30 pm