Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Trusted by professionals yet learnable by anyone, LivingWorks Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is the only workshop of its kind. Updated continually to reflect new knowledge, LivingWorks ASIST has been empowering people to provide skilled, life-saving interventions for over 35 years
ASIST training is an intensive 2 day face to face only course for care-givers and key community members. It teaches suicide alertness and an easy to remember framework of practical skills to safely initiate, complete and follow-up on a full suicide intervention. We identify ASIST as the ‘Gold’ standard suicide prevention training available
LivingWorks ASIST is proven effective
Like all of LivingWorks’ core programs, LivingWorks ASIST is evidence-based. Here’s what over 30 peer-reviewed studies and government reports on LivingWorks ASIST found:
  • Improves trainee skills and readiness
  • Safe for trainees, with no adverse effects from training
  • Interventions shown to increase hope and reduce suicidality
  • Training shown to increase general counseling and listening skills
  • Saving lives and costs, yielding return on investment of up to 50:1
What will you learn as an ASIST trained first aid caregiver?
  • Be suicide alert – identify people who have thoughts of suicide
  • Understand the reasons behind thoughts of suicide and the reasons for living
  • Assess risk and safety – develop a plan to increase the safety of the person at risk of suicide
  • Recognise invitations for help
  • Recognise potential barriers of seeking help
  • Offer support – recognise other important aspects of suicide prevention including
  • Life-promotion and self-care
  • Effectively apply a suicide intervention model
  • Link people with community resources


What are the workshop features?

  • Presentations and guidance from two LivingWorks registered trainers
  • A scientifically proven intervention model
  • Powerful audio-visual learning aids
  • Group discussions
  • Skills practice and development
  • A balance of challenge and safety

Participant materials include a 20-page workbook, wallet card, and stickers. Participants also receive a certificate upon completing the workshop


Who can attend ASIST?

Anyone 16 or older (despite previous training) can learn and use the ASIST model. No previous mental health or suicide prevention experience is necessary.


How much does it cost?

The standard price is £300 PP. Limited funded places are available due to funding from Health Education England, and supported by North East London Training Hub and North East London Health and Care Partnership. Although places are funded, if you fail to attend after registration, a charge of £150 will be enforced.

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PLEASE NOTE: The course can be emotionally draining as it addresses sensitive subject matters. If you wish to enquire about training being delivered at your workplace, please do send an email on