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ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

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  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

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.

Who provides ASIST workshops?

Each ASIST workshop is led by at least two registered LivingWorks trainers. These trainers will have attended ASIST Training for Trainers, presented workshops regularly, and submitted continuous quality assurance reports. All trainers receive ongoing support from LivingWorks as they work to build suicide-safer communities.

The provision of ASIST training in the Republic of Ireland, is funded by the HSE.

Who should attend an ASIST workshop?

ASIST is for everyone. Anyone can learn the skills to intervene and save a life from suicide. Professionals as well as members of the community at large have all found great value in ASIST over the years.

Note: The content of the ASIST workshop may be difficult to deal with if you are feeling emotionally vulnerable. If you have suicidal thoughts, or have been recently bereaved, particularly through suicide, you may wish to delay taking part in this course until you’re feeling stronger, emotionally.
ASIST training is not suitable for those aged under 18.

Here is what you can expect at your ASIST training:

ASIST is held over two consecutive days for a total of approx 15 hours.
ASIST is based on principles of adult learning. It values participants’ experiences and contributions and encourages them to share actively in the learning process.
ASIST workshops always have a minimum of two active ASIST trainers present for the entire two days.
Some parts of ASIST take place with all participants together, and others take place in a smaller work group. This helps create a balance between safety and challenge. Participants need not disclose personal experiences to the whole group.
Local resources are provided and their availability in the community is discussed.
Participant materials include a 20-page workbook, wallet card, and stickers. Participants also receive a certificate upon completing the workshop.

Sign Up Online: You can sign up online for courses in Galway/Mayo/Roscommon here: https://bookwhen.com/srotraininggmr#focus=ev-s447-20190902093000

Cost: Training is free but booking is essential

Venues: Western Management Centre + Across Galway/Mayo/Roscommon

Dates: Thurs 21st & Fri 22nd of Nov 2019 (10 spaces for NUIG Students) + Various dates. Contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie for booking code for November course.