Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is intended as 'suicide first-aid' training. ASIST aims to enable helpers (anyone in a position of trust) to become more willing, ready and able to recognise and intervene effectively to help persons at risk of suicide.

Learn Suicide Intervention Skills

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is intended as 'suicide first-aid' training. ASIST aims to enable helpers (anyone in a position of trust) to become more willing, ready and able to recognise and intervene effectively to help persons at risk of suicide. With over 900,000 people trained in suicide intervention skills, ASIST is by far the most widely used suicide intervention skills training in the world. As a Suicide Intervention programme it is based on certain fundamental assumptions about suicide.

  • Suicide is a community wide health problem
  • Suicide is not mental illness
  • Thoughts of suicide are understandable, complex and personal
  • Suicide can be prevented
  • Most people with thoughts of suicide want to live
  • Most people with thoughts of suicide indicate, directly or indirectly, that they want help to live
  • Help-seeking is encouraged by open, direct and honest talk about suicide
  • The best way to identify people with thoughts of suicide is to ask them directly about their thoughts
  • Relationships are the context of suicide intervention
  • Intervention should be the main suicide prevention focus
  • Cooperation is the essence of intervention
  • Intervention skills are known and can be learned
  • Large numbers of people can be taught intervention skills
  • Evidence of effectiveness should be broadly defined

The ASIST Evaluation Report showed that participants reported substantially higher levels of knowledge, confidence and skills in relation to intervening with someone at risk of suicide after ASIST training and that these increases were largely maintained over time.

The ASIST Workshop is delivered over two consecutive days in a workshop-type format. Participants develop skills through observation and supervised simulation experiences in large and small groups.  ASIST is delivered locally within each local authority by a network of ASIST trainers. 

Contact Information

Telephone: 01698 454692

Email:  training@southlanarkshire.gov.uk

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