ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Most people with thoughts of suicide would rather live yet hundreds take their own lives in this country every year – and the problem is even greater in rural areas.

Aside from the tragic and unnecessary loss of each life is the devastating impact each suicide has on those left behind.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (”ASIST”) is a programme that is delivered by the HSE and supported by the National Office for Suicide Prevention.

ASIST is designed to equip ordinary people with skills to help them identify individuals who may be at risk of suicide in their communities, work places or even their families. Furthermore, the programme provides participants with the awareness, knowledge and confidence to help and enable them to intervene and essentially prevent the immediate risk of a suicide.

This is an intensive and demanding programme which will require a commitment of two full working days to complete. It is operated by the Health Services Executive (HSE), and it is free to join. However, places are strictly limited.

The ASIST course will…
– Help participants to hear, see and respond to suicide signals
– Prepare participants to apply suicide first aid with family, friends, colleagues etc
– Develop confidence in being direct and asking about suicide if there are concerns
– Introduce ways in which participants could deal with the immediate risk of suicide by talking to them and ensuring they know there is help available to them
– Help participants to recognise what vulnerable people may need from others to help keep them safe

The ASIST Course dates for 2010 are as follows:
January 13th & 14th Portlaoise
February 3rd & 4th Mullingar
March 3rd & 4th Athlone
March 31st & 1st April Tullamore
April 21st & 22nd Longford
May 12th & 13th Portlaoise
June 3rd & 4th Mullingar
June 23rd & 24th Athlone
July 13th & 14th Tullamore
September 8th & 9th Portlaoise
October 6th & 7th Mullingar
October 27th & 28th Longford
November 17th & 18th Athlone
December 9th & 10th Tullamore

To book places on the A.S.I.S.T. Programme, please contact Finola Henry, Suicide Resource Service, on 057 93 27909 ( or Josephine Rigney 086-8157850 (

For further information, please download the official ASIST leaflet here.

Delvin, Co. Westmeath