Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)



Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don't need any formal training to attend the workshop.


Since its development in 1983, ASIST has received regular updates to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice, and over 1,000,000 people have taken the workshop. Studies show < Caution- >  that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings in those at risk and is a cost-effective way to help address the problem of suicide.


Learning goals and objectives


Over the course of their two-day workshop, ASIST participants learn to:


*         Understand the ways that personal and societal attitudes affect views on suicide and 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


*         Recognize other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care


Army Specific Information


*         Money is available to put Army Nation Guard Members on orders


*         ASIST only needs to be completed once during your career


*         There is no rank restriction and all are encouraged to attend


*         Per 600-63 “Gatekeepers” are required attendees. Specifically this includes all Legal, Military Police, Chaplains and Chaplains Assistants, IGs, Medical personnel and anyone else who would counsel or come into contact with a Service Member who might be at risk for suicide.




Anne Santilli



Peer Assistance Team (PAT) Trainings

-PAT Trainings last two days and they are designed to train identified Service Members on all the resources that are offered to Guard members.

- Each unit is required to have at least one PAT Member.

-The trainings covers a significant number of resources to include (but not limited to)


Family Assistance Centers

Education Benefits


Inspector General

Substance Abuse Program

Child and Youth Programs

Military One Source


-Ideal PAT Members are Service Members who identify themselves as helpers and who are well received by the unit members. This person would be easily approachable.


- Money is available to put Service Members on orders

-PAT Members will be expected to report non identifying information monthly about referrals made.




For any questions or concerns or information about upcoming trainings.


Anne Santilli



Suicide Prevention Anne Santilli (401)-275-4115 CRISIS INTERVENTION In Rhode Island, if you or another Service member you know is in crisis, call Leah Berg (401)-280-0031
Sexual Assault Response Coordinator MAJ Michelle Branch (401)-480-6028



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