Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

The Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) for service providers, was held on 22 & 23 November, at the Uniting Church Hall on Lyttleton Street.  Cost to participants was $80 and included morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and resources.  Bookings can be made through trybooking here.

ASIST is a two-day workshop that teaches participants to carry out life-saving interventions for people at risk.  It trains participants to 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 and facilitate links with further help.

For questions about bookings please contact Castlemaine District Community Health on 5479 1000 or  For more information about the ASIST program, please visit the livingworks website here.


The training will be facilitated by Anne Watson from GET Mental Health & Wellbeing, and Michelle.

annewatsonAnne is a mental health professional who has worked in public mental health services for many years in a variety of roles (clinician, manager, educator) and in a variety of programs across age groups from Child and Adolescent to the Elderly. She has considerable experience in delivering groupwork (parents, carers, young people, professionals) and education and training in diverse settings from the corporate sector to the community.

In professional settings she has delivered to the Education sector (University, TAFE, Secondary and Primary schools), the Health, Mental Health and Welfare sectors and others (e.g. Paramedics, Police and Management). Anne also has ample experience in facilitating conferences and seminars and does this in a style that enables participants to feel comfortable and keen to contribute and learn.

Anne works with LivingWorks on the International Quality Assurance Team where she provides support and mentoring to less experienced trainers from around the world. She is also one of only eight trainers in Australia who is qualified to work as a Training Coach to prepare candidates to become ASIST Trainers.