FirstLink, the only National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Center in North Dakota, was awarded $20,000 from the North Dakota Department of Health to provide Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). State funding for this project allows participants to attend the training free of charge.
FirstLink will provide ASIST in three locations in North Dakota this spring. The first training is scheduled in Fargo on May 5 and May 6. The other two trainings will be scheduled in Jamestown and Harvey. Please visit www.myfirstlink.org for a registration form or contact Stacie at FirstLink’s Administrative office at 701-293-6462 if you would like to register for the 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. Developed by LivingWorks Education, inc., the workshop prepares Suicide First Aid Caregivers to integrate intervention principles into everyday practice. Over one million caregivers have attended ASIST around the world.
FirstLink has operated a crisis HotLine since 1971. In 1981 FirstLink began answering the HotLine 24 hours a day and began answering a suicide line.