ELLSWORTH — Healthy Acadia, in partnership with Ellsworth Adult and Community Education and Christian Ridge Church of God, will offer a free, two-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 14 and 15.
The class will meet in person at the Christian Ridge Church of God, 53 Christian Ridge Road, Ellsworth, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is an intensive, two-day, in-person training that explores how to skillfully intervene, assist individuals in crisis and help them to stay safe. ASIST is an evidence-based curriculum from Living Works Education focused on intervention. Participants will learn how to safely engage with community members who are having thoughts of suicide to help them find “safety for now” and assist them in accessing community-based resources and supports.
Participants also will learn how to use language that does not perpetuate stigma associated with having thoughts or feelings about suicide, understand the prevalence of suicidal thoughts and actions in our community, and connect with community resources. Another important aspect of the training will be prevention — working to build a suicide-safer community by learning warning signs for suicide and how to integrate resilience and connection to prevent thoughts of suicide in our community. The training is highly interactive, and appropriate for anyone in the community who is 16 or older.
ASIST training is comparable to CPR training. Anyone in the community may be in a position to render CPR, and may have no other medical training, or they may be a doctor or a nurse. ASIST is similarly versatile. Any individual aged 16 and older, including teachers, students, doctors, mental health professionals, parents and others, can become ASIST-trained.
Pre-registration is required. Register online at https://ellsworth.maineadulted.org/course/applied-suicide-intervention-skills-training-asist/.
For more information, contact Tara Young at 812-2090 or [email protected].