ASIST teaches participants to recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety.

This training enables participants to recognise invitations for help and to intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide and thereby reduce suicide rates in the longer term.

It helps participants to:

  • Understand the ways personal and societal attitudes affect views on suicide interventions.
  • Provide guidance and suicide first-aid to a person at risk in ways that meet their individual safety needs.
  • Identify the key elements of an effective suicide safety plan and the actions required to implement it.
  • Appreciate the value of improving and integrating suicide prevention resources in the community at large.
  • Recognise other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promoting and self-care.

Who is the training for?

Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training to attend – ASIST can be learned and used by anyone aged 16 years and older.

Training Sessions

ASIST is a LivingWorks Education Inc. devised training delivered by approved trainers on license to NHS Health Scotland. The training occurs over 2 full days.

Learning outcomes:

  • The ability to recognise invitations for help
  • Learned how to reach out and offer support
  • The ability to review the risk of suicide
  • The ability to apply a suicide intervention model
  • The ability to link people with community resources


Our facilitators are trained by LivingWorks and registered by NHS Scotland to deliver ASIST. For further information visit

How to arrange

Telephone FASS on 01592 206200
or email