By U.S. Navy Petty Officer Jessica Robertson
The U.S. Army has approved two-day and five-day workshops on Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, or ASIST. During the workshops, Army personnel will learn many lessons including how to tell when someone is having suicidal thoughts and understanding how beliefs and attitudes shape suicide interventions. The training is meant to be used as a life line for soldiers, family member, and Department of the Army civilians.
“This training is just as important to mission readiness as pre-deployment training,” said the director of the Army Suicide Prevention Task Force, Brig. Gen. Colleen McGuire.
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More information about the ASIST workshops is available www.livingworks.net.
According to Military Health System, the ASIST training is intended to complement the Army’s approved “Ask, Care, Escort” or ACE Suicide Prevention training currently available for all soldiers and front-line supervisors.
ACE standardized training and awareness material can be downloaded from the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventative Medicine Web site at http://chppm-www.apgea.army.mil.