Safetalk & ASIST Training explained by our trainers on World Suicide Prevention Day
As we reflect on World Suicide Prevention Day 2021, the individuals who know our training best, our Safetalk and ASIST Trainers Lorraine and Mary Anne want to remind people about the training we deliver to help create a world where fewer people die by suicide.
The last 18 months have been extraordinary, and people may be facing difficulties such as job losses, relationship breakdowns, financial worries, coping with everyday life and much more. In an unequal world, it does seem likely that there will be an increase in people thinking about suicide and people acting on those thoughts, given that it is reported that now more than ever, people are struggling with poor mental health. Our training aims to prevent suicide from happening in our communities and support individuals experiencing these thoughts. It is important that we remember that suicide is preventable.
Our Safetalk Training prepares anyone 15 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. SafeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST.
Lorraine Hamilton, Head of Training for Hull and Yorkshire Mind and MindWorks said:
“This is probably the most important training you will ever take that can save a life when someone is in their darkest place. For World Suicide Prevention Day, and every other day of the year, let’s come together to create a world where fewer people die by suicide.”
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is the world’s leading workshop training practical skills in recognising people who may be thinking about suicide, intervening to open a discussion about suicide, learning to recognise an individual’s unique connections to life, and working with those to create a life-saving pause in the journey towards acting on suicide thoughts.
Mary Anne Crook, a delivery trainer for Hull and East Yorkshire Mind & England’s most experienced trainer for Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) said:
“Participants learn so much from one another, and the learning extends to the trainers as well. Very few people arrive on the training without a suicide related story to process and share, and this is built into the learning. Sometimes people have difficult memories triggered and require a bit of individual support there and then, a safety aspect you cannot build into online training”.
“ASIST teaches a form of first aid. When you think about the impact of having trained first aiders on the chances of survival for someone waiting for an ambulance, you get the idea of why we need as many people as possible to learn suicide first aid skills. One in twenty people are thinking about suicide right now. We always point out to people that think they are on the training because of their job, they are just as likely to use what they learn with friends, family, neighbours and strangers. On World Suicide Prevention day one of the most meaningful actions you could take is to start looking into how you could attend this life-changing and life-saving course”.