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.
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 someone's 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.
How to get trained...
Advance booking is essential. To express interest in the ASIST workshop in Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary, you must download, complete and return an individual application form (attached) by;
- Email: email@example.com or
- Post: Rose Kennedy, Office for Suicide Prevention, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Mulgrave St. Limerick, V94 C8DV
Once your application form is processed, we will inform you of training dates available for you to sign up for the workshop. If no date is suitable at the time, your name can go on a waiting list and we will continue to inform you of dates until you receive the training.
For other Limerick, Clare or North Tipperary training enquiries, please contact the Office for Suicide Prevention on 061 461454.