Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
Are you passionate about saving lives? Do you want to learn how to recognise a suicidal person and help them to safety? Why not come and learn and learn together with other community members on a fully funded training programme offered for people who live and work in Tower Hamlets.
Perhaps surprisingly, thoughts of suicide are not always related to mental ill-health. The reasons can seem challenging and complex. Furthermore, it is not always obvious when a person is at risk of suicide. Being suicide alert and talking about the reasons for wanting to live and die has been proven to help. We teach World Health Organisation (WHO) approved courses developed by LivingWorks that facilitate and promote this discussion while keeping both the care-giver and the person at risk safe.
This is an intensive 2 day course for care-givers and key community members. It teaches suicide alertness and an easy to remember framework of practical skills to safely initiate, complete and follow-up on a full suicide intervention. Please note the course can be emotionally demanding due to the sensitive nature of the topic
What is ASIST?
An accredited two day, interactive training that prepares caregivers to provide suicide first aid interventions.
Who can attend ASIST?
Anyone 16 or older (despite previous training) can learn and use the ASIST model. No previous mental health or suicide prevention experience is necessary. Tower Hamlets have funded limited number of places for those living and working in Tower Hamlets.
What will you learn as an ASIST trained first aid caregiver?
After taking ASIST, you will be better able to:
Be suicide alert - identify people who have thoughts of suicide
Understand the reasons behind thoughts of suicide and the reasons for living
Access risk and safety - develop a plan to increase the safety of the person at risk of suicide
Recognise invitations for help
Recognise potential barriers of seeking help
Offer support – recognise other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care
Effectively apply a suicide intervention model
Link people with community resources
What are the workshop features?
Presentations and guidance from two LivingWorks registered trainers
A scientifically proven intervention model
Powerful audio-visual learning aids
Skills practice and development
A balance of challenge and safety
Participant materials include a 20-page workbook, wallet card, and stickers. Participants also receive a certificate upon completing the workshop.