The first suicide intervention training organised by Community recently took place at the union’s Glasgow office, with members from across a range of sectors taking part. This was a follow-on course for learners who had already completed mental health training, and who were looking to develop their mental health first aid skills.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (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. Since this course was developed in 1983, over 1,000,000 people have taken the workshop.
One of the learners said:
“This course really took me out of my comfort zone and I was a bit emotional at times during it. I hope that I never have to use the skills that I learned during these two days however this course has really increased my confidence in approaching and helping someone experiencing suicidal thoughts.”
Community Learning Organiser – Susan Cassidy said:
“This is not a course that everyone would be comfortable taking part in and I really commend the learners who were willing to commit themselves to this course and the responsibility that comes with it.
“Despite it being an advanced course with the direct aims of suicide intervention and preserving life it has been very well received by all learners that took part.”
The course is run over two days where the group is separated and then drawn back into the working group at the beginning and end of both days. ASIST is accredited by NHS Health Scotland and is certificated upon completion of the course.
The participants engage in discussion, practical work and audio-visual learning. They are taught in a safe learning environment where two instructors are present and supportive throughout the two days.
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