Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is an accredited two-day interactive workshop in suicide fi rst aid interventions.

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.

No previous mental health or suicide prevention experience is necessary - anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.

After taking ASIST, you will be better able to:

Be suicide alert - identify people who                                                                                 Understand the reasons behind thoughts
have thoughts of suicide                                                                                                            of suicide and the reasons for living

Access risk and safety - develop a plan                                                                              Recognise invitations for help
to increase the safety of the person at
risk of suicide                                                                                                                                  Offer support – recognise other
                                                                                                                                                                                                        important aspects of suicide prevention
Recognise potential barriers of seeking                                                                           including life-promotion and self-care                 help
                                                                                                                                                                Link people with community resources
Effectively apply a suicide intervention

Features of ASIST
Developed in 1983 by LivingWorks, and receives regular updates to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice,
Presented by two LivingWorks registered trainers
A scientifically proven intervention model which helps reduce suicidal feelings in those at risk and is a cost-effective way to help address the problem of suicide
Powerful audio-visual learning aids
Group discussions
Skills practice and development
A balance of challenge and safety

What is the structure of an ASIST workshop?
The ASIST workshop is divided into fi ve sections that follow in a logical progression to gradually build comfort, confidence and understanding around suicide and suicide intervention.

Preparing: Sets the tone, norms, and expectations of the learning experience over the two days.

Connecting: Enables participants to refl ect on their own attitudes towards suicide. This creates an understanding of the impact that attitudes can have on the intervention process.

Understanding: An overview of the intervention needs of a person at risk. The trainers focus on providing participants with the knowledge and skills to:
Recognise risk                                            Develop safeplans to                                           Increase the
                                                                            reduce the risk of suicide                                  safety of the person

Assisting: Presents a model for effective suicide intervention. Participants develop their skills through observation and supervised simulation exercises in large and small groups.

Networking: The trainers share information about resources in the local community and promote participant commitment to encouraging the transformation of local resources into helping networks.


We deliver this workshop FREE OF CHARGE to the community of GLOUCESTERSHIRE.

We do however require a refundable deposit of £50 to secure your place. This only refunded on completion of the workshop.

You are required to attend BOTH DAYS of the two-day workshop. Sunflowers incur a cost to run ASIST workshops and therefore failure to attend will result in waiver of deposit refund to cover some of the costs toward workbooks and running costs.

Places on our ASIST workshop are strictly limited.

You will be required to complete a feedback form on completion of the workshop which will be delivered to LivingWorks.

You will recieve a certificate on completion of the workshop detailing the number of hours toward CPD.


Thursday 25th - Friday 26th April 2019, Gloucester City Centre

October date to be confirmed, Minchinhampton, Stroud

For more information or to book email: [email protected]

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Each course will cost the charity to set up and deliver.

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We are able to offer private workshops for a maximum of 25 participants. You can decide who you would like to attend and organise a workshop on a date to suit your needs. 

We provide:
two fully qualified Livingwork Trainers
all workbooks and workshop material
snacks for both days (if requested)

Lunch is not provided

To deliver the workshop we would require the use of two rooms for both days. One room would need to host 25 and the other 12.
Alternatively, we can book conference rooms but this will incur an additional cost.

Contact us to find out more or to request a personalised quotation.
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MAY 2018 workshop at Treasure Seekers, Gloucester


"I feel much more prepared"

"Great Course, made me feel alot more confident in my ability to help"

​"Identified gaps in what I currently do and provided alternative ways of doing what I do"

​"Great, caring and inspirational trainers"

"Excellent training"

​" Will be reccommending this to colleagues"

February 2018 workshop at Minchinhampton Stroud. 

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"Trainers presented in a confident and knowledgable manner. They ensured the welfare of those involved".

"Positive and encouraging trainers, felt very well supported throughout".

"Professional and knowledgeable trainers".

"Incredibly thought provoking experience".

"Good course, with great videos. Calm and passionate trainers".

​"I am much more prepared than I was"!