Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training – ASIST

Training Overview

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day workshop designed for all community members. The goal is to enhance a caregiver’s ability to assist a  person at risk of suicide.  ASIST enhances skills to intervene until either the immediate risk of suicide is reduced, or additional  life-assistance resources can be found.

To learn more about upcoming ASIST trainings visit our Events page.

CEUs are available for a variety of disciplines including Social Work, Nursing, Law Enforcement, and EMS.

Skills Obtained

By the end of the workshop, participants will be better able to:

  • Dispel myths about suicide
  • Identify indicators and assess suicidal risk
  • Intervene with a person at risk for suicide
  • Reduce barriers which hinder the ability to be direct and comfortable with suicidal situations
  • Engage in building resource networks for individuals at risk of suicide

safeTALK

Training Overview

safeTALK is a half-day alertness workshop that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST.

To learn more about upcoming safeTALK trainings visit our Events page.

CEUs are available for a variety of disciplines including Social Work, Nursing, Law Enforcement, and EMS.

Skills Obtained

By the end of the workshop, participants will be better able to:

  • Dispel myths about suicide
  • Identify indicators of suicidal risk
  • Identify and use the 4-step TALK process with someone at risk of suicide
  • Refer a person at risk of suicide to appropriate resources

Mental Health First Aid: Adult & Youth

Training Overview

Mental Health First Aid is an interactive 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

The training presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the U.S. and introduces you to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments.

FirstLink offers two versions of Mental Health First Aid.  Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed for adults that frequently interact with youth.

To learn more about upcoming Mental Health First Aid trainings visit our Events page.

CEUs are available for a variety of disciplines including Social Work, Nursing, Law Enforcement, and EMS.

Skills Obtained

By the end of the workshop, participants will learn:

  • The potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health needs, including: depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis, eating disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury.
  • An understanding of the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced stigma in their communities
  • A 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to assess the situation, to select and implement appropriate interventions, and to help the individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional care
  • The professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to help someone with a mental health need.

I think this training was such a great help! I feel so much more prepared.

Greg, 2014 ASIST Trainee

I am more comfortable in discussing suicide and will be less likely to panic in the event of a needed suicide intervention.

Beth, 2013 ASIST Trainee

I am now able to speak more freely with patients that may be considering suicide.

Erica, 2015 safeTALK Trainee