618 West Ave, Ste 205
Norwalk, CT 06850

MON-FRI 10am – 6pm

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

ASIST Training


Friday, July 10: 11 AM to 7 PM

Saturday, July 11: 9 AM to 5 PM

Suicide is a global phenomenon. Every suicide is a tragedy that affects families, communities, and entire countries and has long-lasting effects on the people left behind. Suicide is a serious public health problem; however, suicide is preventable with timely, evidence-based, and often low-cost interventions. Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is the world’s leading suicide intervention workshop. ASIST is founded on the principle that everyone can make a difference in preventing suicide. The more people in the community who have suicide intervention training, the more likely it is they will be able to identify someone at risk and intervene to keep them safe.

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is a standardized and customizable two-day, two-trainer, workshop designed for members of all caregiving groups. ASIST is founded on the principle that everyone can make a difference in preventing suicide. The more people in the community who have suicide intervention training, the more likely it is they will be able to identify someone at risk and intervene to keep them safe. The emphasis is on teaching suicide first-aid to help a person at risk stay safe and seek further help as needed. Participants learn to use a suicide intervention model to:


  • Identify persons with thoughts of suicide
  • Seek a shared understanding of reasons for dying and living
  • Develop a safeplan based upon a review of risk
  • Be prepared to do follow-up
  • Become involved in suicide-safer community networks.


 The learning process is based on adult learning principles and involves highly participatory workgroups. Graduated skills development is achieved through mini-lectures, facilitated discussions, group simulations, and role plays. Health care workers often encounter suicide in their treatment and therapy work, but are often not trained in suicide first-aid. Other caregivers are often the first to talk with a person at risk, but have little or no training. Workshop content was prepared to accommodate a wide mix of caregiver participants.


Virtually anyone age 16 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, can become an ASIST-trained caregiver. Developed in 1983 and regularly updated to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice, ASIST is the world’s leading suicide intervention workshop. During the two-day interactive session, participants learn to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Over 1,000,000 people have taken the workshop, and studies have proven that the ASISTmethod helps reduce suicidal feelings for those at risk.


ASIST is listed in the Best Practices Registry of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and SAMHSA.


Needs Assessment

There is one death by suicide in the world every 40 seconds.

  • An estimated 8.7 million American adults had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year – among them 2.5 million made suicide plans and 1.1 million attempted suicide.
  • The economic cost of suicide death in the U.S. was estimated in 2010 to be more than $44 billion annually.
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24.
  • LGBTQ youth are 4 times more likely, and questioning youth are 3 times more likely, to attempt suicide as their straight peers.
  • Suicide attempts by LGBTQ youth and questioning youth are 4 to 6 times more likely to result in injury, poisoning, or overdose that requires treatment from a doctor or nurse, compared to their straight peers.
  • Nearly half of young transgender people have seriously thought about taking their lives, and one quarter report having made a suicide attempt.
  • LGB youth who come from highly rejecting families are 8.4 times as likely to have attempted suicide as LGB peers who reported no or low levels of family rejection.
  • 1 out of 6 students nationwide (grades 9-12) seriously considered suicide in the past year.
  • Suicide attempts are nearly two times higher among Black and Hispanic youth than White youth.


July 10, 2015 at 11am - 7pm
Triangle Community Center
618 West Ave
Norwalk, CT 06850
United States
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Yania Padilla ·

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