ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Helping Prevent Suicide and Providing Hope

ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop that prepares caregivers to provide life-assisting suicide intervention using the Pathway for Assisting Life (PAL) model. 

ASIST-trained caregivers help those with thoughts of suicide feel less suicidal and more hopeful.

Who Should Attend

ASIST is appropriate for anyone age 16 or older. Many professional caregivers use the PAL model, but it is open to members of the general public.

What You’ll Learn

ASIST participants will be trained to:

  • Identify people who have thoughts of suicide.
  • Understand how beliefs and attitudes can affect suicide interventions.
  • Listen to the story of a person with thoughts of suicide and recognize turning points that connect that person to life.
  • Conduct a safety assessment, develop a plan, and confirm the safety actions to be carried out.

Creating a Suicide-Safer Community

ASIST provides a unique intervention model to help contribute to the development of suicide-safer resources in their communities. In addition to the priceless value of saving lives through suicide counseling and prevention, research also shows that ASIST provides long-term financial benefit to communities. For more information on ASIST, visit


Beth Akins

Upcoming Classes

Trade Center Community Room | 1600 N. Lorraine | Hutchinson, KS

Free to those who live or work in Reno County, thanks to funding from the United Way of Reno County. $150 for trainees living/working outside of Reno County.

For more information or to register, call Beth Akins at 620-663-7595, ext. 6336 or email

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