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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) together with LivingWorks

ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first-aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognise
when someone may be at risk of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their
immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any
formal training to attend the workshop—ASIST can be learned and used by anyone.

ASIST makes a difference

As the world’s leading suicide intervention workshop, LivingWorks’ ASIST program is supported by numerous
evaluations including independent and peer-reviewed studies. Results demonstrate that ASIST helps participants
become more willing, ready, and able to intervene with someone at risk of suicide.

ASIST is also proven to reduce suicidality for those at risk. A 2013 study that monitored over 1,500 suicidal
callers to crisis lines found that callers who spoke to ASIST-trained counsellors were 74% less likely to be
suicidal after the call, compared to callers who spoke to counsellors trained in methods other than ASIST. Callers
were also less overwhelmed, less depressed and more hopeful after speaking with ASIST-trained counsellors.

Goals and objectives
In the course of the two-day workshop, ASIST participants learn to:

• Understand the ways personal and societal
attitudes affect views on suicide and interventions
• Provide guidance and suicide first-aid to a person
at risk in ways that meet their individual safety needs
• Identify the key elements of an effective suicide safety
plan and the actions required to implement it
• Appreciate the value of improving and integrating suicide
prevention resources in the community at large
• Recognise other important aspects of suicide prevention
including life-promotion and self-care