Lifeline Tasmania will be running a special training course next month - Just for men.
We all know that men sometimes aren't the best at reaching out for help when they need it. This course is designed to help men develop the skills to support people around them who may be thinking of suicide.
We hope to build stronger community connections, deepen the conversation around men's mental health and encourage a broader community of practice. Attendees return to their lives skilled up, acting as influencers in their community.
ASIST is an intensive, two-day interactive workshop on suicide first aid.
ASIST is suitable for all kinds of caregivers, including health workers, teachers, community workers, youth workers, volunteers, and people responding to family, friends, and co-workers in crisis.
As the world’s leading suicide intervention workshop, LivingWorks’ ASIST program is supported by numerous evaluations including independent and peer-reviewed studies. Results demonstrate that ASIST helps participants become more willing, ready, and able to intervene with someone at risk of suicide.
ASIST is a resource for the whole community. It helps people apply suicide first-aid in many settings: with family, friends, co-workers, and teammates, as well as formal caregiving roles. Many organisations have incorporated ASIST into professional development for their employees. Its widespread use in various communities creates a common language to understand suicide safety issues and communicate across different organisational backgrounds.
Goals and objectives
In the course of the two-day workshop, ASIST participants learn to:
• Understand the ways personal and societal attitudes affect views on suicide and interventions
• Provide guidance and suicide first-aid to a person at risk in ways that meet their individual safety needs
• Identify the key elements of an effective suicide safety plan and the actions required to implement it
• Appreciate the value of improving and integrating suicide prevention resources in the community at large
• Recognise other important aspects of suicide prevention including life promotion and self-care
We choose to use nurturing, comfortable, and convenient venues. Tea, coffee and catered morning tea and afternoon tea is included.