Harmless Trainer Talks, Self Harm, Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Training

I have now completed my first deliveries of ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) and wanted to share how these went.

So ASIST was delivered at the end of July and was an enjoyable and positive experience. I feel it was well received by the delegates and that they really engaged with the process over the 2 days.

There were of course challenges given the topic, but as a group we worked together to overcome these challenges and everyone was supported and supportive throughout what is an extremely emotive experience. There were laughs and tears, which is perfectly normal in ASIST. It is an opportunity to share personal experiences in a safe and confidential environment.

As a Trainer, it is extremely important to value and respect everyone’s contributions and allow time for reflection. It is also important to create a safe learning environment where delegates feed confident and at ease to fully participate. I feel overall, myself and my co –facilitator managed this, ensuring each individual got the best experience they could while being both challenged and supported.  I am looking forward to my next delivery on 7th and 8th September.

MHFA was delivered two weeks ago and will be delivered on 26th and 27th August, which I am looking forward to. Again, I found this delivery really enjoyable. There are a range of activities which ensure participant engagement and most importantly allow delegates the opportunity to interact with peers and discuss mental health in depth through group and paired discussions. MHFA really is a good opportunity to learn the skills the support individuals in crisis and share knowledge and experience in a safe and secure learning environment.

I feel the delegates fully engaged in what is quite an interactive session and found it re-affirming and thought provoking throughout.

For both ASIST and MHFA there was a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience in the room. This can make for challenging deliveries in terms of delegates being afraid to say or do the wrong thing in front of other professionals. However, I felt a huge amount of respect for each and every individual as they all had the courage to contribute and share resulting in an extremely positive delivery for both ASIST and MHFA

If you would like any more information regarding ASIST and MHFA training, or would like to book a place, please contact us at training@harmless.org.uk, alternatively you can call the office on 0115 934 8445.

ASIST Training at Harmless – 7th & 8th September

ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th September 2015  – £250* per person

To coincide with World Suicide Awareness Day (10th September) Harmless will be delivering a 2 day ASIST Workshop in Nottingham.

The upcoming training, co-delivered by two qualified and certified ASIST trainers, is designed to increase your skills, abilities and confidence in your job role to support those at risk of suicide and be better prepared to deal with those at risk.

Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Refreshments, lunch and all resources will be provided on both days of the workshop.

Certificate for  each delegate upon completion

Who is ASIST for?

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is for everyone 16 or older—regardless of prior experience—who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid. Shown by major studies to significantly reduce suicidality, the ASIST model teaches effective intervention skills while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community.

We mean it when we say that ASIST is for everyone. Virtually anyone aged 16 and older can learn the skills to intervene and save a life from suicide. Professionals as well as members of the community at large have all found great value in ASIST over the years.

Many professionals attend ASIST because suicide intervention skills are essential for their work. In many organisations, ASIST is a mandatory component of training. Nurses, physicians, mental health professionals, pharmacists, teachers, counsellors, youth workers, police, first responders, correctional staff, school support staff, clergy, and volunteers have all found that ASIST complements their existing training and knowledge.

Other people attend simply because they want to be able to help someone in need, in much the same way they might learn CPR. Because the training is comprehensive and doesn’t rely on prior qualifications, they can have the same meaningful experience as a professional caregiver.

Why is ASIST important?

Developed in 1983 and regularly updated to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice, ASIST is the world’s leading suicide intervention workshop. During the two-day interactive session, participants learn to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Over 1,000,000 people have taken the workshop, and studies have proven that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings for those at risk.

Workshop features:

  • Presentations and guidance from two LivingWorks registered trainers
  • A scientifically proven intervention model
  • Powerful audiovisual learning aids
  • Group discussions
  • Skills practice and development
  • A balance of challenge and safety

ASIST has saved and changed hundreds of thousands of lives around the world.

What are the main benefits of attending ASIST training?

Here is what you can expect at your ASIST training:

  • ASIST is held over two consecutive days for a total of 15 hours.
  • ASIST is based on principles of adult learning. It values participants’ experiences and contributions and encourages them to share actively in the learning process.
  • ASIST workshops always have a minimum of two active ASIST trainers present for the entire two days. If there are more than 30 participants, there will be at least three trainers. Workshops over 45 participants are not recommended and should be split into two separate sessions instead.
  • Trainers show two award-winning videos in the course of the workshop. Cause of Death? provides a common starting point for the discussion of attitudes about suicide, while two versions of It Begins with You illustrate the process of a suicide intervention.
  • Some parts of ASIST take place with all participants together, and others take place in a smaller work group. This helps create a balance between safety and challenge. Participants need not disclose personal experiences to the whole group.
  • Local resources are provided and their availability in the community is discussed.
  • Participant materials include a 20-page workbook, wallet card, and stickers. Participants also receive a certificate upon completing the workshop.

What does ASIST cover?

There are 5 key stages of ASIST;

Preparing – Sets the tone, norms and expectations of the learning experience.

Connecting – Sensitizes participants to their own attitudes towards suicide. Creates an understanding of the impact that attitudes can have on the intervention process.

Understanding – Overviews the intervention needs of a person at risk. It focuses on providing participants with the knowledge and skills to recognize risk and develop safe plans to reduce the risk of suicide.

Assisting – Presents a model for effective suicide intervention. Participants develop their skills through observation and supervised simulation experiences in large and small groups.

Networking – Generates information about resources in the local community. Promotes a commitment by participants to transform local resources into helping networks.

Where can I find more information or book on the course?

For more information about our ASIST training or to book please contact Harmless and ask for Sophie Allen (Training coordinator and ASIST trainer).

To book on this course, click here

Emailtraining@harmless.org.uk or Telephone: 0115 9348445

Date(s): 7th and 8th September 2015 Times: 9am until 5pm (both days)

Training Location: Harmless, NCVS, 7 Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG1 3FB

Please note: Attendance on both days of the workshop is mandatory