HEC's Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is an interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches community members to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Participants must be 16 years of age or older and interested in learning skills to help prevent the immediate risk of suicide, but no professional background is required. This is a 16-hour course completed in two consecutive 8-hour days. Partners: Connecticut Clearinghouse, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) (The CT Chair), and Reliance House.
Although many healthcare professionals use ASIST, anyone 16 years or older can use the approach, regardless of professional background.