Caring for Carrigtwohill Organises an ASIST Course for Late September

By Alan Sheehan

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Caring for Carrigtwohill are holding further free suicide awareness training on Friday 22 and Saturday, 23 September.
Carrigtwohill community centre will host a two-day ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) course later this month, which is organised through the suicide prevention group Breaking the Silence Cobh.
The ASIST course is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid and is suitable for all caregivers. However to avail of this training, participants must have completed a SafeTALK (suicide alertness for everyone) course.
SafeTALK courses are three-hour alertness training that prepares anyone over 18, regardless of experience or training, to become a suicide alert helper.
This training is continued in the ASIST courses, which trains participants to reduce the immediate risk of a suicide and increase the support for a person at risk. The workshop helps people apply suicide first aid in many settings – with family, friends, co-workers and in more formal helping relationships. The course aims to better prepare participants to recognise invitations to help, reach out and offer support, review the risk of suicide, work with persons at risk to develop their safeplan and link with community resources.
Caring for Carrigtwohill was set up in March of this year as a response to critical incidents within the community and aims to make Carrigtwohill a suicide-safer community. Working with Breaking the Silence Cobh, the group, which includes numerous community stakeholders, provides free suicide awareness training in the area.
Those who have completed a SafeTALK course and wish to take part in the upcoming ASIST course should contact Nessa Barrett by email at nessa.barrett@tusla.ie.
If you or someone you know needs someone to talk to contact the Samaritans on 116 123. Pieta House in Cork can be contacted at 021 434 1400, while 1life, a 24 hour suicide prevention helpline and text message service, can be reached at 1-800-247-100. Also www.yourmentalhealth.ie offers a directory of mental health services.

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