Anyone can make a difference. ASIST empowers participants with the skills to intervene and help someone stay safe.
ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first-aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize 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.
- Recognize that caregivers and persons at risk are affected by personal and societal attitudes about suicide.
- Discuss suicide with a person at risk in a direct manner.
- Identify risk alerts and develop a safe plan related to them.
- Demonstrate the skills required to intervene with a person at risk of suicide.
- List the types of resources available to a person at risk of suicide, including themselves.
- Make a commitment to improving community resources and networking.
- Recognize that suicide prevention is broader than suicide intervention and, includes life promotion and self-care for persons at risk and for caregivers.
ASIST makes a difference
As the world’s leading suicide intervention workshop, LivingWorks’ ASIST program is supported by numerous evaluations including independent and peer-reviewed studies. Results demonstrate that ASIST helps participants become more willing, ready, and able to intervene with someone at risk of suicide.
ASIST is a resource for the whole community. It helps people apply suicide first-aid in many settings: with family, friends, co-workers, and teammates, as well as formal caregiving roles. Many organizations have incorporated ASIST into professional development for their employees. Its widespread use in various communities creates a common language to understand suicide safety issues and communicate across different organizational backgrounds.
- ASIST workshops are taught over two days (14 hours class time with an hour lunch break both days)
- For ages 18+. Participants can include but not limited to: parents and caregivers; natural helpers and advisors; educators and ministers; health practitioners; justice, law enforcers, emergency workers, and community volunteerThe course costs $275 per person and includes course materials and nutritional breaks.
- Taught by two registered trainers per 15–30 participants.
Download the ASIST Information Sheet
To learn more about ASIST or book a training session, contact: Elizabeth Baker, Provincial Lead Education and Training, CMHA NS Division
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Direct Line: 902.517.2440
Fees: The course costs $275/person and includes course materials and nutritional breaks.
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