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ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)

Course Description:

This is a two day (consecutive) intensive, interactive workshop where participants develop their skills through simulations and role-playing in order to become more ready, willing and able to help people at risk of suicide.  This course supports the objectives of Connecting for Life: Ireland’s National Strategy to Reduce Suicide (2015-2020) with particular reference to Goal 2 – Empowered Communities which seeks “to support local communities’ capacity to prevent and respond to suicidal behaviour”.   

Course Objectives: 

  • To recognise that caregivers and persons at risk are affected by personal and societal attitudes about suicide
  • To learn how to discuss suicide with a person at risk in a direct manner
  • To be able to identify risk alerts and develop safe plans related to them
  • To demonstrate the skills required to intervene when a person is at risk of suicide
  • To become familiar with the types of resources available to a person at risk of suicide, including themselves
  • To make a commitment to improving community resources

Designed For: 

All caregivers which includes professionals, paraprofessionals and lay people.  It is suitable for mental health professionals, nurses, physicians, teachers, counsellors, youth workers, police and correctional staff, school support staff, clergy and community volunteers.  Participants are expected to attend both days of training.  


Free of charge

Course capacity:

Minimum of 22 and maximum of 28 participants