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Horsham - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training ASIST (for people working with children and young people in West Sussex)

Coastal West Sussex Mind

Monday, 5 June 2017 at 09:00 - Tuesday, 6 June 2017 at 17:00 (BST)

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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 MindGrassroots Suicide PreventionYMCA Downslink GroupWest Sussex County Council and West Sussex CCGs.


Aims and Outcomes

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.


Course Content 

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. 


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! 

Getting to the Venue

The closest station to the venue is Horsham station.  The Y Centre is a 10 minute walk from the station or the bus numbers 51, 61 & 200 going from Horsham Court go every 15 minutes.  Car park Swan Walk 3 hours £3.60, 4 hours £4.80.



Tea and coffee with also be provided during mid-morning and mid-afternoon break times. 

Lunch will NOT be provided.

It is essential that you arrive on time and complete the course. If this is not possible please inform us by email before proceeding to book at training@coastalwestsussexmind


Registration fee

Your £30 registration fee is non-refundable.



Please notify us ASAP if you are unable to attend this course as this course is heavily subsidised as it is a funded programme. Our aim is to ensure all available places are taken up.

Please inform us if you are unable to take up your space as we can offer this to someone on our waiting list.


In-House Courses

In House courses are a cost-effective way of training a whole team in your own venue, on a date that works for you. Please contact us to discuss your exact training needs on:

01903 277010


We hope you enjoy the course!

Do you have questions about Horsham - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training ASIST (for people working with children and young people in West Sussex)? Contact Coastal West Sussex Mind

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The Y Centre
2 Albion Way
RH12 1AH West Sussex
United Kingdom

Monday, 5 June 2017 at 09:00 - Tuesday, 6 June 2017 at 17:00 (BST)

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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


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