Suicide & ASIST

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15- 29-year olds worldwide accounting for 8% of all deaths. In the UK, suicide is the leading cause of death in young people, accounting for 14% of deaths in 10-19-year olds and 21% of deaths in 20-34-year olds.

Whilst the UK has a relatively low rate of suicide by children and young people compared to other countries, there has been a recent increase, reversing a decline over the previous 10 years. Over half of young people who die by suicide have a history of self-harm. Self-harm has risen in the last 15 years—in 2014, one in five young women reported having ever self-harmed, twice the rate in young men and three times higher than reported 15 years ago. Recent self-harm has become more common as an antecedent of suicide in patients of mental health services over the last 20 years

In 2016 over 5,500 people completed suicide in England. This course will explore some of the issues around suicide, the single most preventable cause of death in the UK.

Course Aim:

  • Suicide & ASIST Golden Tree CICTo explore issues around suicide and ways of responding to someone who may be thinking of completing suicide.

By the end of the training, participants will have achieved the following learning outcomes:

  • Reflected upon attitudes towards suicide.
  • Considered the links between suicide and self-harm.
  • Identified potential risk factors associated with suicide.
  • Identified suicide indicators.
  • Considered appropriate approaches and responses to someone that may be experiencing/expressing suicidal thoughts.
  • Identified the help and support that is available to support those experiencing suicidal thoughts and feelings.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognise when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop – anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.

Since its development in 1983 by LivingWorks, ASIST has received regular updates to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice, and over 1,000,000 people have taken the workshop. Studies show that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings in those at risk and is a cost-effective way to help address the problem of suicide.

What will you learn as an ASIST trained first aid caregiver?

After taking ASIST, you will be better able to:

  • Be suicide alert – identify people who have thoughts of suicide
  • Understand the reasons behind thoughts of suicide and the reasons for living
  • Access risk and safety – develop a plan to increase the safety of the person at risk of suicide
  • Recognise invitations for help
  • Recognise potential barriers of seeking help
  • Offer support – recognise other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care
  • Effectively apply a suicide intervention model
  • Link people with community resources

What are the workshop features?

  • Presentations and guidance from two LivingWorks registered trainers
  • A scientifically proven intervention model
  • Powerful audio-visual learning aids
  • Group discussions
  • Skills practice and development
  • A balance of challenge and safety
  • Participant materials include a 20-page workbook, wallet card, and stickers. Participants also receive a certificate upon completing the workshop.

What is the structure of an ASIST workshop?

The ASIST workshop is divided into five sections that follow in a logical progression to gradually build comfort, confidence and understanding around suicide and suicide intervention.

Preparing: Sets the tone, norms, and expectations of the learning experience over the two days.

Connecting: Enables participants to reflect on their own attitudes towards suicide. This creates an understanding of the impact that attitudes can have on the intervention process.

Understanding: An overview of the intervention needs of a person at risk. The trainers focus on providing participants with the knowledge and skills to:

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training ASIST Golden Tree CICrecognise risk
  • develop ‘safeplans’ to reduce the risk of suicide
  • increase the safety of the person

Assisting: Presents a model for effective suicide intervention. Participants develop their skills through observation and supervised simulation exercises in large and small groups.

Networking: The trainers share information about resources in the local community and promote participant commitment to encouraging the transformation of local resources into helping networks

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