National Office for Suicide Prevention is involved
in a range of training initiatives around suicide
prevention and mental health promotion. However,
most activities regionally are coordinated by the
Resource Officers for Suicide Prevention of the
HSE. If you are interested in finding out about
training opportunities in your area please contact
the local Resource Officer.
NOSP is also particularly interested in developing
the ASIST Training Workshop across the country….
(Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is
a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first-aid.
It is suitable for all kinds of caregivers - health
workers, teachers, community workers, Gardai, youth
workers, volunteers, people responding to family,
friends and co-workers.
you'd like to make a difference in your community,
come to ASIST and learn how to help.
It begins with you…
people thinking about suicide signal and share their
pain - they offer us opportunities to respond.
intervention training can help all of us see, hear
and respond to these invitations. It can also increase
our confidence to ask about suicide when someone's
safety may be in the balance.
If someone is at risk, suicide first aid prepares
us to work with them to increase their immediate
safety and get further help.
Learn suicide first aid…
trains participants to reduce the immediate risk
of a suicide and increase the support for a person
workshop provides opportunities to learn what a
person at risk may need from others in order to
keep safe and get more help.
It encourages honest, open and direct talk about
suicide as part of preparing people to provide suicide
first aid. Participants also consider how personal
attitudes and experiences might affect their helping
role with a person at risk.
participation is encouraged. It is stimulated by
audio-visuals and working with others in small groups.
A suicide first aid model provides a framework for
Attendance at the two full days is essential.
content of the workshop may be difficult to deal
with if you are feeling emotionally vulnerable.
If you have suicidal thoughts, or have been recently
bereaved, particularly through suicide, you may
wish to delay taking part in this course until you're
feeling stronger, emotionally.
ASIST in Ireland to date
than 70 trainers have been trained to deliver the
two-day workshop nationwide. They are coordinated
in 12 local areas.
than 125 workshops have been delivered to over 3000
participants in the past two years.
in the 2-day workshop include various health services
staff, voluntary staff, community members, teachers,
the clergy and many more.
ongoing evaluation has revealed that the course
significantly impacts on knowledge, attitudes and
behaviour. Participants are more confident about
speaking with someone they are concerned may harm
themselves, and engaging that person in a process
of seeking help.
LivingWorks' mission is to create learning experiences
that help communities prevent suicide. LivingWorks
has been widely accepted and valued in Ireland since
its introduction in 2003. Starting in Canada in
the early 1980s, LivingWorks is now available in
many other countries including Norway, the USA,
New Zealand, Australia, Northern Ireland and the
UK. Almost half a million people have participated
worldwide - over 3,000 in Ireland.
commitment to quality includes reviewing feedback,
updating content, improving learning processes,
ongoing evaluation and trainer support.
LivingWorks programs are companions to ASIST. They
seek to increase awareness of suicide and explore
ways the whole community might respond.
out more: www.livingworks.net
to Get Trained:
Contact your local ASIST coordinator
to see how you can attend the 2-day workshop or
to find out more information about ASIST and suicide