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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
A Division of the State Chaplain's Office

The ASIST workshop is for caregivers who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Over 750,000 caregivers have participated in this two-day, highly interactive, practical, practice-oriented workshop.

What is Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)?

  • ASIST is designed to help all caregivers become more willing, ready and able to help persons at risk. Suicide can be prevented with the help of prepared caregivers.
  • Just as "CPR" skills make physical first aid possible, training in suicide intervention develops the skills used in suicide first aid. The ASIST training provides valuable tools in which to help intervene when encountering a person at risk of suicide.
  • ASIST is a two-day intensive, interactive and practice-dominated course designed to help caregivers recognize risk and learn how to intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Enjoy small group discussions and skills practice that are based upon adult learning principles. Experience powerful videos on suicide intervention. Feel challenged and safe. Learn suicide first aid.

How do you put financial value on the loss of a life?

  • One economic study in the United States, showed each youth suicide resulted in an average loss of 53 years of life and $432,000 of economic productivity—that total adds up to a staggering 262,000 lost years and $3.19 billion each year.
  • In Canada, 12% of hospital critical-care and 2% of insurance payments are suicide related.
  • The economic and health costs pale alongside the emotional costs of suicide. A lost spouse, son, daughter, friend or coworker can't be replaced. And as those who have experienced such loss understand— it's the emotional costs that demand our involvement in preventing suicide.

Workshop Event Details

Form: Registration Form (DOC)
Cost: Free
Location: Twin Falls Armory, Twin Falls, Idaho
Times: 0830-1630 for both Tuesday (4/17) and Wednesday (4/18)
(Participation in the full two days is required for certification)
Dress/UOD: Please dress in business casual civilian clothes
Registration Deadline: pace is extremely limited, so act now and reserve your spot!
Contact: Chaplain at 272-6468 to secure your registration or the resilience officer 2LT Thayer at 272-4260 or assistant SSG Smith at 442-3278.