ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first-aid. It is suitable for all kinds of caregivers - health workers, teachers, community workers, Gardai, youth workers, volunteers, people responding to family, friends and co-workers. If you'd like to make a difference in your community, come to ASIST and learn how to help.
This page provides information on how to take part in ASIST training in HSE area CHO6 (Dublin South East, Dún Laoghaire and East Wicklow).
It begins with you…
Most people thinking about suicide signal and share their pain - they offer us opportunities to respond. Suicide intervention training can help all of us see, hear and respond to these invitations. It can also increase our confidence to ask about suicide when someones safety may be in the balance. If someone is at risk, suicide first aid prepares us to work with them to increase their immediate safety and get further help.
Learn suicide first aid…
ASIST trains participants to reduce the immediate risk of a suicide and increase the support for a person at risk. The workshop provides opportunities to learn what a person at risk may need from others in order to keep safe and get more help. It encourages honest, open and direct talk about suicide as part of preparing people to provide suicide first aid. Participants also consider how personal attitudes and experiences might affect their helping role with a person at risk.
Active participation is encouraged. It is stimulated by audio-visuals and working with others in small groups. A suicide first aid model provides a framework for skills practice.
Attendance at the two full days is essential.
The content of the 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.