Setting suitable to deliver program / service:
Community based, Emergency Department, Health service, Hospital, Mental health service, Other law enforcement, Primary care setting, Prison, School, Tertiary Institution, Vocational services, Workplace

Program designed for:
Suitable for anyone

Industry or sector this program / service is suitable for:
Suitable for all sectors/industries

Program / service delivered to:

All states/territories

Regions available:
Major cities/metropolitan areas, Regional and remote areas

Mode of delivery:
Face to face

Length of time is needed to deliver this program / service:
2-5 days

Cost of program / service:
At Cost

Model of delivery of this program / service:
Trains others (i.e. train-the-trainer model)

Who can be trained in this program / service?
Any individual

Which organisation is delivering this program / service?

LivingWorks Australia

What are the aims and objectives of this program / service?

LivingWorks ASIST program has several aims and objectives:

  1. Community Development Goals: (a) Enhance the capacity of individuals and organisations to provide suicide intervention training, with a focus on suicide first aid. (b) Optimise nationwide access to suicide intervention training.
  2. Participant aims and learning objectives: (a) recognise that caregivers and persons with suicide thoughts are affected by personal and societal attitudes about suicide. (b) provide life-assisting guidance to persons with thoughts of suicide in a flexible manner. (c) demonstrate the skills required to intervene with a person with thoughts of suicide. (d) identify what needs to be in that person’s safety plan and work collaboratively with them to develop this plan, which includes options for accessing further help as needed (e) appreciate the value of improving community resources including the way they work together and (f) recognise that suicide prevention is broader than suicide intervention and includes life promotion and self-care of persons with thoughts of suicide and caregivers.
  3. Participants’ performance outcome: Caregivers more willing, confident and better able to apply a model that enables suicide intervention, resulting in a coherent safe plan based on the needs of the person with suicide thoughts.
  4. Consumer outcome: Persons with thoughts of suicide have contributed to and developed a clear, personalised, plan that increases their immediate safety from suicide and features clear pathways to follow-up care.
  5. Community outcome: Communities better resourced and prepared to respond to suicide and increase suicide safety.

What does delivery of this program / service involve?

LivingWorks ASIST is delivered by two registered trainers who have completed the 5-day ASIST Train the Trainer (T4T) program. ASIST is delivered over 2 consecutive days to anyone wanting to learn suicide intervention skills or suitable for incorporating into a professional helper role, or for informal caregivers. There are currently 595 registered LivingWorks trainers in Australia and almost 8,000 across the world. ASIST is a standardised suicide first aid training program.

Shannonhouse, L., Lin, Y-W D., Shaw, K., Wanna, R., & Porter, M. (2017). Suicide intervention training for college staff: Program evaluation and intervention skill measurement. Journal of American College Health.65(7),450-456.DOI:10.1080/07448481.2017.1341893

Shannonhouse, L., Lin, Y-W D., Shaw, K.,& Porter, M. (2017).Suicide intervention training for K-12 schools: A quasi-experimental study on ASIST. Journal of Counseling and Development.95. 3-13

Coleman, D., & Del Quest, A. (2014). Science from evaluation: Testing hypotheses about differential effects of threee youth-focused suicide prevention trainings. Social Work in Public Health.00:1-12. DOI:10.1080/19371918.2014.938397

ICF Macro, & SAMHSA.(2010). Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training: Trainee experiences, recommendations and post-training behavior. [Cross-site evaluation of the Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Program]. Calverton, MD.

Griesbach, D., Russell, P. Dolev, R. & Lardner, C.(2008). The use and impact of Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) in Scotland. An evaluation. Scottish Government Social Research. Research Advisory Group.

Note1: Rodgers’ was contracted by LivingWorks as an evaluation scientist and peer professional involved in the Suicide Prevention Resource Centre’s Best Practice Registry (Boston,USA).His review described and helped assess the 20 most rigorous ASIST evaluations at that time.

Rodgers, P. (2010). Review of the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training Program.(ASIST). Rationale, Evaluation Results and Directions for further research.
Note 2: Numerous evaluation reports of ASIST as part of sector, regional or state initiatives are also available.

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