Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
Empowering Individuals to Save Lives
At Sunflowers, we are committed to providing essential training programs that empower individuals to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those who may be at risk of suicide. Our cornerstone program, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), is a two-day, face-to-face workshop that equips participants with the knowledge and skills to intervene and offer support to individuals in crisis.
Why ASIST Matters
ASIST is not just any training; it's a recognized program with a strong track record of effectiveness. Here's what makes ASIST stand out:
• Evidence-Based: ASIST is evidence-based, meeting or exceeding the recommendations of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Over 30 peer-reviewed studies and government reports have found that ASIST improves participant skills and readiness, increases hope, reduces suicidality, and enhances general counseling and listening skills.
• Proven Impact: ASIST has been evaluated in various settings, including Scotland, where it resulted in increased knowledge, helping attitudes, skills, and interventions among trained caregivers. It also contributed to a reduction in stigma and increased suicide prevention awareness.
• Clinical Outcomes: ASIST training has shown its effectiveness in clinical settings, contributing to improved outcomes for consumers. It enhances staff's ability to identify individuals at risk for suicide, reducing hospital admissions and offering appropriate alternatives to hospitalization.
What You'll Learn in ASIST
ASIST is designed for individuals aged 16 and older, regardless of their prior mental health or suicide prevention experience. In this comprehensive two-day workshop, you will learn:
Recognizing Signs: How to recognize signs when someone may have thoughts of suicide.
Intervention: How to work with individuals to create a plan that supports their immediate safety.
Attitude Shift: An exploration of personal attitudes towards suicide and their impact on the intervention process.
Risk Reduction: Strategies to reduce the risk of suicide.
Resource Networking: Information about local resources and the transformation of local resources into helping networks.
Upcoming ASIST Training
Our next ASIST workshop is taking place on
13th and 14th June 2024
at: Walls Club, Gloucester
time: 9.30am - 5pm
ASIST is a powerful tool that equips you with the skills and knowledge to make a real difference in the lives of those at risk of suicide. Join us in this mission to save lives and create a more supportive and understanding community.