Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

ASIST or Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training is the chosen suicide intervention training course of the Scottish Government. It is a proven model designed in Canada and has proved to be very effective. This is a two day intensive in depth course designed to give the participants the skills to intervene in any suicide situation. They will learn to connect to the person, listen out for ambivalence and finally assist the person to keepsafe. Attendance at both days, which are consecutive, is compulsory for the certificate but also healthy given the subject. It is designed to be delivered to groups of 12 – 20 participants but might not be something for entire organisations given the potential resource cost. This course can not be run in any other format than the two day consecutive one. The courses are generally run as public courses but can be run for organisations provided the minimum number of delegates can be guaranteed. However, given the nature of the subject and what can be discussed during the course it is not recommended for anyone who has recently experienced loss by suicide or has attempted suicide. Also if managers and staff are present on the same course it may inhibit participation as either person may be wary of stigmatisation. More information is available at

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