(Fremont County, Wyo.) - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is for everyone 16 or older—regardless of prior experience—who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid. Shown by major studies to significantly reduce suicidality, the ASIST model teaches effective intervention skills while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community.
The goal of ASIST is to enhance a caregivers' abilities to assist a person-at-risk to keep safe-for-now. By completing the workshop, the participants will be able to:
- Recognize that a caregiver and a person-at-risk are both affected by personal and societal attitudes about suicide
- Provide life-assisting guidance to persons at risk in a flexible manner
- Identify what needs to be in a plan for safety
- Demonstrate the skills required to provide suicide first-aid to a person-at-risk of suicide
- Identify ways to improve community resources including the way that they work together
- Recognize that suicide prevention is broader than suicide intervention and includes life promotion and self-care for persons at risk and for caregivers.
What makes ASIST different?
Connecting: Participants overcome stigma and societal taboos by talking freely and openly about their attitudes about suicide. Participants explore, express, identify and examine their beliefs about suicide and life-assisting suicide first aid.
Understanding: This section introduces participants to Pathway for Assisting Life (PAL) model. PAL is designed to meet the needs of a person-at-risk by guiding caregivers to provide specific life assisting steps to address those needs.
Assisting: The goal of this section is to help participants feel more ready, willing and able to help a person-at-risk. Participants will be able to combine their attitudes, knowledge and helping skills to provide suicide first aid. Participants will use PAL to help a person-at-risk through a scenario demonstration.
The next free training is June 21st & 22nd at Central Wyoming College Health & Science Center, Room 210, 2660 Peck Ave., Riverton, WY.
If you are interested in being trained in ASIST please call Michelle Widmayer at 307-349-0439 by June 10th to register for the June 21st and 22nd training.