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New research from Public Health Wales shows that training given by Mind Cymru’s Positive Choices project is making a real difference to people’s willingness to discuss and tackle suicide and self harm

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) teaches everyone how to spot the signals that someone is thinking about suicide and gives them the skills to talk about the issue.  It’s vitally important that anyone having thoughts of suicide is able to get help and support as soon as possible.  This new research shows that ASIST training makes it more likely that people will find the help they need.  

After completing the ASIST course:


  • 97% of people felt more prepared to help a person at risk of suicide
  • Follow up studies showed 73% of people had already used the training to help someone

People who did the training said that they would be more confident in both spotting the signs that someone was thinking about suicide and following them up. Staff who work directly with members of the public can play a key role in recognising these early signs but less than 70% of those surveyed had any previous suicide prevention training

Written by Scott Buckler
Monday, 20 February 2012 11:11

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