Last week, Ginger and I participated in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), a two-day workshop on recognizing and supporting individuals who are experiencing thoughts of suicide. After fifteen hours of intense training, we both feel much more prepared to respond when we notice the warning signs of suicide than we had when we walked in on the first day.
This hits close to home for us. Our lives have been profoundly impacted by suicide.
Suicide is a public health concern.
There were more than 47,000 reported suicides in the United States in 2017.
What’s even greater than the number of reported suicides is the number of individuals who experience thoughts of suicide. In any given year, 5% of the U.S. population experiences thoughts of suicide.
In 2017, that was more than 16 million people.
We can’t rely on medical professionals to catch the warning signs of suicide in millions of people. The stakes are just too high.
That’s why this training is so important: because all of us can be life preservers; all of us can be trained to recognize and act on the warning signs of suicide in our communities. That’s what ASIST teaches you to do.
“A life-affirming, suicide-safer world.”
ASIST was created by LivingWorks Education, a suicide intervention training company that believes in the power of every person to make the world more safe from suicide.
The UniWellness team strongly encourages you to take one of LivingWorks Education’s four evidence-based suicide intervention trainings. Ginger and I are more prepared to respond when we notice warning signs of suicide. You can be, too.
Let’s create a suicide-safer world.