Franciscan Health hosting ASIST Suicide Intervention Course, May 10-11 in Beech Grove

By Franciscan Health | | 4.29.24

Franciscan Health in conjunction with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will be hosting a LivingWorks Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) course on Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11 at the Hornet Park Community Center in Beech Grove.

The course will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and attendees must be present for both days of the course to receive certification. Also, attendees must be registered for the course and class registration concludes on May 7.

LivingWorks ASIST is a two-day, two-trainer, workshop designed for members of all caregiving groups. Family, friends, and other community members may be the first to talk with a person at risk but have little or no training. ASIST can also provide those in formal helping roles with professional development to ensure that they are prepared to provide suicide first aid help as part of the care they provide.

The emphasis of the course is on teaching suicide first-aid to help a person at risk stay safe and seek further help as needed. Participants learn to use a suicide intervention model to identify persons with thoughts of suicide, seek a shared understanding of reasons for dying and living, develop a safe plan based upon a review of risk, be prepared to do follow-up, and become involved in suicide-safer community.

The learning process used is based on adult learning principles and highly participatory. Graduated skills development occurs through mini lectures, facilitated discussions, group simulations, and role plays.

The course will be led by Tina Hoffman, Community Health Improvement coordinator at Franciscan Health.

Hornet Park Community Center is located at 5245 Hornet Avenue in Beech Grove.

Register here for the ASIST Suicide Intervention Course, May 10-11.