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Help yourself to help others

help-to-help-othersDo you wish you knew more about suicide intervention?

Have you known someone who has attempted, or succeeded at, suicide? Had feelings of helplessness and wish you could have done more?

YOU can perform suicide first aid and intervention, simply by participating in an ASIST course.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a 2 day interactive workshop for all caregivers, conducted by registered trainers.

In ASIST, you will:

  • Discuss suicide risk and safety openly and directly
  • Consider how attitudes and experiences affect helping
  • Learn and apply a model for suicide first aid intervention
  • Share ways to care for and support yourself as a helper

By attending the course, you will become better prepared to:

  • Recognise when someone may be thinking of suicide
  • Respond in ways that clarify and address suicide risk
  • Understand why suicide thoughts are present
  • Work together to review risk and increase safety
  • Facilitate links for further help

ASIST workshop outcomes include:

  • Increasing awareness of how a caregiver’s personal beliefs can impact on them in their role;
  • Skills to identify and understand factors that may indicate a risk of suicide;
  • Communication skills to connect with a person at risk and openly discuss thoughts of suicide;
  • Skills required to intervene with a person at risk and promote safety;
  • Skills to identify resources and link persons at risk with these resources to ensure ongoing support and safety.

Interactive learning is stimulated by teaching and audio-visuals. Small groups increase opportunities for discussion and skills practice. Attendance at both days is essential.

Participants consistently say they feel better prepared to respond helpfully to a person at risk of suicide. Evaluations show that people remember and apply what they have learned in ASIST.

LivingWorks has a vision for suicide safer communities. We believe everyone can help make this vision a reality in the lives of people and communities around us. We invite you to share in this training.

The training will be conducted by David Lawson who has delivered 27 ASIST workshops and Peter Kalbfell who has delivered seven (7) workshops. Both have extensive experience working with people at risk of suicide and teaching Crisis Line workers in Suicide Intervention and supporting Crisis Line workers during and after an intervention.

Our next workshop is being held Friday 19th and Saturday 20th June 2015.
Cost: $250 per person or $180 Healthcare card or $220 for three or more registrations from the same organisation.
Where: Frangipanis Function Room, 9 Enterprise Street, Bundaberg.

Contact us to reserve your spot.
Your investment in yourself may save a life!

About David Lawson

Finding the Light is a locally owned and operated counselling and life coaching business based in Bundaberg. We seek to empower our clients to find their way forward to a better life by using the approaches of counselling or coaching. If this blog article has raised more questions please contact us by email or call us on 0407 585 497 to arrange a time for us to discuss the article. Mention this blog and we will give you a FREE 30 minute session to discuss.

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