Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

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A.S.I.S.T     2 Day Workshop

(Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)


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The following ASIST Workshops are delivered free of charge to both professionals and members of the public by the Health Services.

The aim of these Workshops is to increase awareness, develop skills and promote the prevention of suicide in our communities.


About Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

ASIST is a training course developed for both members of the public and professionals and particularly those people whose work brings them into contact with people who may be vulnerable or at risk of suicide.  This course is suitable for a broad range of people including, social workers, psychologists, care assistants, nurses, teachers, youth workers, GP’s, emergency medical technicians, home helps, childcare workers, public health nurses, the clergy, Gardai, community volunteers, mental health services staff…

Please note that ASIST is not recommended for any participant that has been personally bereaved or affected by a suicide in the previous twelve months.


ASIST training enhances people’s skills to intervene until either the immediate risk of suicide is reduced or additional support or resources can be found. The emphasis of the course is on  suicide first aid, on helping a person at risk stay safe, and seek further help.

 Forthcoming Training dates: 2019

  • 19th & 20th February                ASIST                        Sligo
  • 16th & 17th April                       ASIST                       Carrick-on-Shannon
  • 18th & 19th June                      ASIST                        Manorhamilton
  • 22nd & 23rd October                ASIST                        Sligo


Please note that the training is over two consecutive days and is from 9 am  – 5 pm


To book a place or for further information contact:

 Belinda Taylor, Health Promotion 071 9135061

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For More about the ASIST Programme see below…

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. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop—anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.

Since its development in 1983, ASIST has received regular updates to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice, and over 1,000,000 people have taken the workshop. Studies show that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings in those at risk and is a cost-effective way to help address the problem.

Learning goals and objectives

Over the course of their two-day workshop, ASIST participants learn to:

  • Understand the ways that 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
  • Recognize other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care

Workshop features:

  • Presentations and guidance from two LivingWorks registered trainers
  • A scientifically proven intervention model
  • Powerful audiovisual learning aids
  • Group discussions
  • Skills practice and development
  • A balance of challenge and safety

ASIST helps to build regional networks of trained caregivers who can support each and use common terminology to approach suicide and safety. Want to get involved with this award-winning program? Check out the Living Works organisation website at 


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