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.