ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid for professionals and community members who would like to learn skills to be able to support people at risk of suicide towards creating a safe plan. Participants learn to recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide, and to respond in ways that help increase their immediate safety and link them to further help. The workshop will examine the behaviours, words and feelings of a person at risk of suicide. Specific strategies to provide suicide first aid are discussed, plus your own self-care as a support person.
ASIST is an internationally accredited training in suicide prevention presented by accredited LifeWorks trainers. Participants will be provided a comprehensive resource pack and issued a certificate upon completion of the two days.
ASIST participants will be better prepared to:
Reflect on how their attitudes and beliefs about suicide affect their intervention role
Discuss suicide with a person at risk in a safe and direct manner
Build a collaborative approach to intervention focused on safe outcomes
Review immediate suicide risk and develop appropriate safe plans
Demonstrate skills required to intervene with a person at risk of suicide
Recognise that suicide prevention is broader than suicide first aid and includes life-promotion and self-care for caregivers
Nenita Batica is currently the Group Coordinator and Facilitator at FMC Mediation and Counselling. She is a provisional psychologist with experience in supporting families and young people and suicide prevention. Nenita is an accredited ASIST and safeTALK facilitator. Nenita has worked as a group coordinator and facilitator for many years, providing a range of group programs to professionals, parents, young people and children, including Men’s Behaviour Change Program. She has a wealth of experience providing support to families experiencing family violence and mental health concerns. Nenita is a registered provisional psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and AHPRA, and is a Master Trainer with LivingWorks Australia.
Hennie Lanting has worked with the Salvation Army since 1992 in a number of roles from employment services to support services. Since 2006 she has been a trainer and from 2010 has worked solely within the suicide prevention and bereavement programme Hope for Life, providing community education around the issue of suicide across Australia. Hennie has been an ASIST trainer for many years and presented over 20 workshops. Hennie is passionate about reducing death by suicide by increasing education and knowledge and open conversations around the complex issue of suicide. Hennie has a Bachelor of Arts Community Development and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and is currently studying for a Diploma of Chaplaincy. She is a Justice of the Peace and a registered celebrant for weddings and funerals.