The ASIST workshop is for those who want to increase their skills in order to help prevent the immediate risk of suicide for youth, consumers, clients, family, friends, coworkers and community members. The intended audience for the ASIST training may include (but is not limited to) school staff, mental health providers, medical providers, clergy, human resource personnel, law enforcement, student life workers, peer support workers, youth workers, etc.
Statistics outline an alarming need to increase our skills in suicide intervention:
• Each year there are more than 550 Oregonians who die by suicide and more than 1800 hospitalizations due to suicide attempts.
• Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Oregonians ages 15-34, and the 9th leading cause of death among all ages in Oregon (http://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/InjuryFatalityData/Pages/nvdrs.aspx).
• On average, 75 youth aged 10 to 24 have killed themselves in this state every year during the past decade (Oregon Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry).
• Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death of college students, killing more than 1000 students every year.
• Up to 40% of college students report experiencing depression during an academic year. Parents and students, college staff and friends need to be able to distinguish the normal temporary college blues from depression and be able to identify a person at risk for suicide (Oregon Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry).
Here is what some participants have had to say about their participation in ASIST:
• “This training will prove very valuable for our frequent encounters with suicidal subjects. The suicide intervention model presented will serve as a great framework for interventions, and a guide for better encounters.” Portland Police Bureau Officer
• “I really appreciated the model’s flexibility, the emphasis on the person’s human dignity and language to empower and support another human.” Peer Coordinator, Empowerment Initiatives
• “Positive experience all the way around. I am grateful this training was not just for crisis workers as many people can utilize this tool to greater advantage.” Clackamas County, Crisis Line Manager
ASIST is an internationally recognized suicide prevention training program and is in the Best Practice Registry for suicide prevention.