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Fifteen Dr YES volunteers are now qualified caregivers who can provide suicide first aid to people at risk of suicide. A two-day LivingWorks’ Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop explored the volunteer’s experiences with and attitudes about suicide and developed their understanding of how to address the complex needs of a person at risk of suicide.
Dr YES Coordinator Julian Ming said ASIST’s Pathway for Assisting Life (PAL) model will sit alongside crucial skills such as DRSABCDE as tools that he never wants to be without.
“Just as much as managing physical first aid, this training empowers us to save lives and feel confident doing so,” Julian said.
ASIST is a unique evidence-based approach to support people at risk of suicide. Dr YES volunteers now have a better understanding about the risk factors for suicide. In this way, they can more confidently direct at-risk students to seek help from a qualified health professional.
Haseeb Riaz, another Dr YES Coordinator, spoke about the value of the training received.
“With ASIST-trained Dr YES volunteers about to embark on trips to remote Western Australia in the Kimberley and Pilbara, we now have a better understanding of the health needs of students across the State.
“I now feel equipped with the skills to more confidently direct students to seek help if they have suicidal ideation,” Haseeb said.
“If you are a parent, sibling, cousin, friend, student or medical professional, you will want to have these lifesaving skills when the moment comes. We implore you to seek out an opportunity to develop your ability to engage with this difficult topic,” Julian added.
Dr YES would like to thank LivingWorks facilitators Anita Nodwell and Simone Dayer for their expertise, wisdom and guidance through this challenging space. Local ASIST training can be found at http://www.livingworks.com.au.
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide get help immediately. Choose life not suicide. Call Lifeline 13 11 14 or 000 if life is in danger.