ASIST helps prepare caregivers
ASIST is designed to help all caregivers become more willing, ready and able to help persons at risk. Suicide can be prevented with the help of prepared caregivers.
Just as "CPR" skills make physical first aid possible, training in suicide intervention develops the skills used in suicide first aid. ASIST is a two-day intensive, interactive and practice-dominated course designed to help caregivers recognize risk and learn how to intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.
The workshop is for all caregivers (any person in a position of trust). This includes professionals, paraprofessionals and lay people. It is suitable for mental health professionals, nurses, physicians, pharmacists, teachers, counselors, youth workers, police and correctional staff, school support staff, clergy, and community volunteers.
ASIST has five learning sections:
- Preparing: sets the tone, norms, and expectations of the learning experience.
- Connecting: sensitizes participants to their own attitudes towards suicide. Creates an understanding of the impact, which attitudes have on the intervention process.
- Understanding: overviews the intervention needs of a person at risk. It focuses on providing participants with the knowledge and skills to recognize risk and develop safeplans to reduce the risk of suicide.
- Assisting: presents a model for effective suicide intervention. Participants develop their skills through observation and supervised simulation experiences in large and small groups.
- Networking: generates information about resources in the local community. Promotes a commitment by participants to transform local resources into helping networks.
Emphasizing structured small-group discussions and practice; the course uses a 20-page workbook and two award-winning audiovisuals. Participants receive a 152-page Suicide Intervention Handbook and a full color, tear-resistant wallet card featuring intervention, and risk review and safeplan development principles. They serve as living refreshers of the workshop learning.
ASIST is designed to help all caregivers become more ready, willing and able to help persons at risk. Prepared caregivers can help prevent suicide.
Unprepared caregivers tend to deny, avoid, even stigmatize and punish persons at risk. That is what society has traditionally done. All evidence indicates that unprepared caregivers continue this dangerous tradition. Training is required to turn denial, avoidance and stigmatization into vigilance, understanding and help.
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Join over one million caregivers and participate in LivingWorks ASIST workshop. Learn to recognize and estimate risk, and become more effective at helping people at risk. The benefits will live on.
Sponsor a workshop
See the benefits first hand. Sponsors and organizers of ASIST receive a complete organizer guide. Helping to train the caregivers in your organization or community could save a life. It's an investment in people that will continue to grow.
To sponsor a workshop or have questions regarding the ASIST training please contact the Nevada Office of Suicide Prevention:
Contact Rick Egan
(702) 486-8225 - Regan@health.nv.gov for Southern Events
(775) 687-0847 - JMassolo@health.nv.gov for Northern Events
Interested in Coming to safeTALK?
Why should I come to safeTALK?
In only a few hours, you will learn how to provide practical help to persons with thoughts of suicide. Expect to leave safeTALK more willing and able to perform an important helping role for persons with thoughts of suicide.
How does safeTALK help prevent suicide?
safeTALK prepares you to be a suicide alert helper. You are aware that opportunities to help a person with thoughts of suicide are sometimes missed, dismissed and avoided. You want persons with thoughts to invite your help. You know the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe) and can activate a suicide alert. As a part of the KeepSafe step, you connect persons with thoughts to persons trained in suicide intervention. Helpers trained in suicide intervention complete the helping process or connect the person with more specialized help
Why use safeTALK to learn to become alert?
A carefully crafted set of helping steps and the use of creative educational processes make it possible for you and up to 30 others in your community to leave safeTALK willing and able to be suicide alert helpers. safeTALK is the result of some twenty years of work at learning how to develop useful suicide prevention abilities in a short program.
What happens at safeTALK training?
Expect to be challenged. Expect to have feelings. Expect to be hopeful. See powerful reminders of why it is important to be suicide alert. See how to activate an alert. Ask questions and enter discussions. Learn clear and practical information on what to do. Practice the TALK steps. Conclude with practice in activating a suicide alert.
Why is safeTALK for everyone?
Most persons with thoughts of suicide go unrecognizedâ€”even though most all are, directly or indirectly, requesting help. Without safeTALK training, these invitations to help are too rarely accepted, or even noticed. With more suicide alert helpers, more people with thoughts of suicide will get connected to the intervention help they want. Suicide alert helpers are part of a suicide-safer community.