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Course overview

LivingWorks Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day face-to-face workshop featuring powerful audiovisuals, discussions, and simulations in suicide first aid intervention.

ASIST teaches participants to recognise signs when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety.

No previous mental health or suicide prevention experience is necessary - anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.


Features of ASIST

  • Developed in 1983 by LivingWorks, and receives regular updates to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice,

  • Presented by two LivingWorks registered trainers

  • A scientifically proven intervention model which helps reduce suicidal feelings in those at risk and is a cost-effective way to help address the problem of suicide

  • Powerful audio-visual learning aids

  • Group discussions

  • Skills practice and development
  • A balance of challenge and safety


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:

  • Recognise risk

  • Develop safe plans to Increase the safety of the person

  • Reduce the risk of suicide

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.

Session details

Sessions will run over 2 consecutive days on 10th & 11th March 2022. The sessions will start each day at 8.30am and run through until 5pm. You must be able to attend for the whole time each day as this is a specific requirement for gaining the ASIST qualification.

Refreshments during breaks will be provided, but lunch is not included. You are welcome to bring a packed lunch, or there are  a number of options at the local shops a 5 minute walk away if you want to buy something.

All the learning materials you need will be provided.

After you have completed both full days of the ASIST workshop you will be awarded a certificate.

Keeping Safe

ASIST is an excellent workshop, however if you feel that you may find it emotionally difficult to talk openly about suicide and the impact of suicide, then perhaps this is not the right time for you to do this workshop. Many people who have personal experience with suicide do take part in ASIST workshops, but it is important to judge when is the right time so that people keep themselves safe.


Eligibility criteria

The workshop is free if you live in Telford and are currently unemployed or earning less than £17,374.50 per year.

If you work for a charity or voluntary sector organisation we are able to offer this workshop for subsidised fee of £50 per person.

If you are employed and earn over £17,374.50 per year, or are being sponsored by your employer the cost is £120 per person.

If you are required to pay a fee, you will need to do this before the start of the workshop - further details will be sent to you about this.

Venue and accessibility

Donnington Community Hub is located at St Matthews Rd, Donnington, Telford. TF2 7PR.  The Hub has a number of rooms available for hire with community access to a community run cafe. Which offers a range of hot and cold drinks as well as sandwiches and snacks.  Opening times vary. There is limited free parking at the centre.  The centre can be accessed through automatic doors from the car park.


There are regular busses through Donnington  and a bus stop within a short distance of the Hub 


What to Do Next

ASIST is a standalone workshop, but many people go on to become a Mental Health First Aider.

At the end of the session the tutor will advise you on further learning opportunities. You can search for more Wellbeing courses on Learn Telford which we regularly update with details of new courses throughout the year.

For learners looking for work or who want a change in career, we can offer you advice to guide you in the right direction and opportunities to gain qualifications in English and maths in Functional Skills up to Level 2.

For enquiries contact:

Opening Hours 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

Telephone: 01952 382888

Email: support@learntelford.ac.uk

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