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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training


Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop that prepares caregivers to provide life-assisting suicide first-aid intervention using the Pathway for Assisting Life (PAL) model.  Research shows that ASIST provides long-term financial benefit to communities and that ASIST-trained caregivers help those with thoughts of suicide feel less suicidal and more hopeful.


Who Should Attend?

ASIST is appropriate for anyone age 16 or older. Many professional caregivers use the PAL model, but it is also a model that anyone can learn and utilize!


Learning Outcomes

ASIST participants will be better able to:

  • Identify people who have thoughts of suicide.
  • Understand how beliefs and attitudes can affect suicide interventions
  • Listen to the story of a person with thoughts of suicide and recognize turning points that connect that person to life, and
  • Conduct a safety assessment, develop a safeplan, and confirm the safety actions to be carried out.

The Role of ASIST in a Suicide-Safer Community

ASIST provides a unique, life-assisting intervention model to help caregivers support those with thoughts of suicide.  It also helps caregivers contribute to the development of suicide-safer resources in their communities.


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(Information from Livingworks)



Audra Goldsmith and Beth Akins


Upcoming Classes


Trade Center Community Room | 1600 N. Lorraine | Hutchinson, KS


Cost:  $150

The class is offered free to those who live or work in Reno County thanks to funding from the United Way of Reno County.