ASIST Training

This is a 2 day interactive workshop in suicide first aid where participants learn to recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide and respond in ways that help increase their immediate safety and link them to further help.

It is intended that ASIST participants will be better prepared to:

  • Reflect on how their attitudes and beliefs about suicide affect their intervention role
  • Discuss suicide with a person at risk in a direct manner
  • Build a collaborative approach to intervention focused on safe outcomes
  • Review immediate suicide risk and develop appropriate safeplans
  • Demonstrate skills required to intervene with a person at risk of suicide
  • Identify resources available to a person at risk of suicide
  • Make a commitment to improving community resources
  • Recognise that suicide prevention is broader than suicide first aid and includes life-promotion and self-care for caregivers.

This workshop helps people apply suicide first aid in many settings – with family, friends, co-workers and team mates and more formal helping roles. Many organisations have adopted the program as part of the professional development of their workers in suicide intervention training.

The program’s widespread use in communities across Australia helps promote a common language of assessment, risk management and referral across diverse organisational backgrounds.

Mental Health Training Australia deliver face-to-face courses for organisations and businesses across Australia, where we use your training or meeting room to deliver the course.