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.
The ASIST workshop is divided into five sections that follow in a logical progression to gradually build comfort and understanding around suicide and suicide intervention.
- Preparing: Sets the tone, norms, and expectations of the learning experience.
- Connecting: Sensitizes participants to their own attitudes towards suicide. Creates an understanding of the impact that attitudes can have on the intervention process.
- Understanding: Overviews the intervention needs of a person at risk. It focuses on providing participants with the knowledge and skills to recognize risk and develop safeplans to reduce the risk of suicide.
- Assisting: Presents a model for effective suicide intervention. Participants develop their skills through observation and supervised simulation experiences in large and small groups.
- Networking: Generates information about resources in the local community. Promotes a commitment by participants to transform local resources into helping networks.
Dates: Tuesday 28 & Wednesday 29 November
Venue: tbc Castlemaine
Cost: $80 full fee or $60 concession
Bookings: through trybooking here.
This cost is subsidised by the live.life.well. project and includes a manual, morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch both days. Spaces are limited and bookings are essential.
For questions about bookings please contact Castlemaine District Community Health on 5479 1000 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the ASIST program, please visit the livingworks website here.
This training will be facilitated by Kya Moore and Matt Pennell.
Kya Moore is a group facilitator in mental health, a community development worker, meditation and mindfulness instructor, massage therapist and kinesiologist. She has worked in various areas of health over the past 20 years and is currently working predominantly with clients with drug addiction, anxiety and depression.
Matt Pennell is a psychologist who has worked in clinical, community and training roles. He is passionate about community wellness and engaging others in conversations that promote openness, flexibility and acceptance around issues of mental health.