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This is a TWO DAY course for people working with children and young people in West Sussex.
This course is being delivered through a partnership between Coastal West Sussex Mind, Grassroots Suicide Prevention, YMCA Downslink Group and West Sussex County Council.
ASIST 11 (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) was developed by LivingWorks Education. ASIST is for everyone 16 or older—regardless of prior experience—who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid.
ASIST 11 teaches participants to:
- be open, honest and direct about suicide,
- exercise care in expressing their own values about suicide,
- do whatever they can to respect a person at risk's decision-making rights,
- appreciate the importance of letting the person at risk talk about suicide,
- appreciate that some part of a person at risk wants to live
- value collaboration with the person at risk,
- consider things that might threaten the person at risk’s safety,
- develop a plan that fits the immediate safety needs of the person at risk, and,
- make sure that the person at risk understands the plan and is committed to carrying it out.
During the workshop you will have an opportunity to explore any personal or professional experiences with suicide. You will also have space to examine your own attitudes about suicide and people who are at risk of suicide. Space is allowed to focus on how your experiences with suicide impact on your beliefs and attitudes about using suicide first aid and how this in turn impacts on how you undertake suicide interventions.
You will also have an opportunity to better understand the needs of a person at risk of suicide and how to use suicide first aid to meet those needs. Some of the learning will take place in the whole group of participants and some in 2 smaller workgroups. You will learn and practice a model of suicide intervention – Pathway for Assisting Life.
Your workshop trainers will be available to offer support and will work hard to create a learning atmosphere where participants can also encourage and support each other and have some fun.
The course respects and builds on participants previous experience with suicide. However, it may be the case that where people have had very recent experience (e.g. recently bereaved by suicide / attempted suicide in the last 6 months) the course may not be appropriate at this time. In such cases some people chose to wait a while before taking the training.
The workshop can be experienced as quite intense and tiring and it is important you try to leave the evenings free to relax. Participants from previous courses have suggested that we let future participants know how tiring the course can be, so please do plan some time for you before and after the course.
Getting to the Venue
Crawley is the nearest railway station and is a 3 minute walk to the library. There is ample parking but it is metered so there is a cost involved.
Timings and breaks
The course runs from 9.00am to 5.00pm on both days. It is essential that you attend both days for the full duration. Please arrive promptly in the morning – we promise to finish on time!
We will have an hour lunch break on both days and we try to have two short breaks each morning and afternoon. Tea and coffee will be provided during break times. Please bring you own lunch or there is a cafe downstairs in the library or it is a 5 minute walk to the main shopping mall.
Your £30 registration fee for this course helps towards the additional venue and refreshment costs. This is a non-refundable deposit.
Please notify us ASAP if you are unable to attend the course. As this is a heavily funded programme our aim is to ensure all available places are taken up. Early notification may mean we can offer this space to someone on our waiting list.
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Coastal West Sussex Mind
Welcome to Coastal West Sussex Mind
We are an independent local mental health charity working in West Sussex.
We aim to promote good mental health through the provision of high quality services and through campaigning to improve services, raise awareness and understanding.
Our services support young people, adults, older adults, carers and families affected by mental health problems. We offer help and advice to people around improving their physical and mental well-being, strengthening their self-esteem and confidence, building strong relationships with family, friends and communities, getting into education, training and work and achieving their personal and social goals.
We also work actively in local communities to raise awareness about mental health and tackle the stigma and discrimination.
Phone: 01903 277000