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The Birchwood and Pendle Action enables further free suicide prevention training.

by Garry Morgan on

Asist and Birchwood

People who take their lives don’t want to die—they just want to stop hurting. Suicide prevention starts with recognizing the warning signs and taking them seriously. If you think a friend or family member is considering suicide, you might be afraid to bring up the subject.

We, and our Lancashire based partners Pendle Action recognise that talking openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life. We are therefore excited to announce further free suicide prevention training to augment our recent highly successful Safe to Talk Training.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (A.S.I.S.T.) is intended as ‘suicide first-aid’ training to enable participants to recognise and intercede effectively to help those at risk of suicide. It is suitable for all kinds of caregivers – health workers, teachers, community workers, youth workers, volunteers, people responding to family, friends and co-workers.

A.S.I.S.T. is a free two-day practical workshop developing skills through observation and supervised simulation. The Course will train participants to reduce the immediate risk of a suicide and increase the support for a person at risk.

As Stella Connell, Chief Executive of Birchwood explained, “Most people contemplating suicide signal and share their distress – they sometimes offer us opportunities to help. We and our partners Pendle Action hope that A.S.I.S.T. training will help participants to actively respond to these opportunities and increase our potential to help those persons whose lives may be in the balance.”

Stella concluded, “Because of the sensitive nature of some of the training it might not be suitable for those feeling emotionally vulnerable, having suicidal thoughts, or have been recently bereaved, particularly through suicide. Those so affected should delay taking part in this course until feeling stronger.”

The training will take place between 9.30am to 5.30pm on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th September 2016 at Tanhouse Community Centre, Ennerdale, Skelmersdale, WN8 6AN.  Booking is essential. If you are interested in in taking part in this training and increasing your skills and knowledge, please contact Wendy Brown at the Birchwood on 01695 717115 or email wendy.brown@wlcrisiscentre.org.uk.