Education and Training Programs

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ASIST- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

ASIST is a two-day intensive, interactive and evidence-based workshop designed for professionals and non-professionals. ASIST teaches how to recognize and review risk, and intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. It is by far the most widely used, acclaimed and researched suicide intervention training workshop in the world. Trainers are certified by Living Works, Inc. as accomplished practitioners in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.

ASIST prepares individuals to provide suicide first aid interventions. Professionals, volunteers and informal helpers all need to know how to help persons with thoughts of suicide in ways that increase their suicide safety. As an ASIST-trained first aid intervention caregiver, you will be better able to:

  • Identify people who have thoughts of suicide
  • Understand how your beliefs and attitudes can affect suicide interventions
  • Seek a shared understanding of the reasons for thoughts of suicide and the reasons for living
  • Review current risk and develop a plan to increase safety from suicidal behavior for an agreed amount of time
  • Follow-up on all safety commitments, accessing further help as needed
QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer

The QPR mission is to save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training.

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, Refer – 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. QPR is the most widely taught gatekeeper training program in the United States, and more than 725,000 adults have been trained in classroom settings in more than 48 states.

QPR can be learned in our Gatekeeper course in as little as one hour. The four cornerstones of the theory upon which our approach is derived are these:

  1. Those who most need help in a suicidal crisis are the least likely to ask for it
  2. The person most likely to prevent you from dying by suicide is someone you already know
  3. Prior to making a suicide attempt, those in a suicidal crisis are likely to send warming signs of their distress and suicidal intent to those around them
  4. When we solve the problems people kill themselves to solve, the reasons for suicide disappear

Reproduced with kind permission of Suicide Prevention Coalition of Long Island (SPCLI), 2011

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