Suicide affects us all. It's an international problem. For example, more than 30,000 Americans kill themselves each year. Research studies in Canada and the United States show four to five percent of the population have attempted suicide during their lifetime. One in nine persons has seriously considered suicide.
Anyone can be at risk. Men and women of all ages, of all occupations and all socioeconomic groups are at risk. There is no guarantee of safety from suicide. The key to suicide prevention is trained caregivers who are ready, willing and able to get involved with each individual at risk--caregivers who can recognize individuals who are at risk and who know how to intervene to prevent the risk of suicidal thoughts becoming suicidal behaviors.
ASIST provides practical training for caregivers seeking to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.
-people concerned about family, friends; natural helpers and advisers; emergency service workers; counselors, teachers and ministers; mental health practitioners; workers in health, welfare, or justice; community volunteers
Working in small groups, ASIST uses many different teaching processes to create a practice-oriented and interactive learning experience.
The emphasis of the ASIST workshop is on suicide first aid, on helping a person at risk stay safe and seek further help.
Learn how to:
-recognize invitations for help
-reach out and offer support
-review the risk of suicide
-apply a suicide intervention model
-link people with community resources
Evaluations have shown that the workshop increases caregivers’ knowledge and confidence to respond to a person at risk of suicide, that intervention skills are retained over time and that they are put to use to save lives.
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