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(Fort Washakie, Wyo.) – LivingWorks Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainers (ASIST) conducted a first-ever training in Lander earlier this year, co-sponsored by the Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming, in partnership with the Grace For 2 Brothers Foundation. In celebration of that success, an ASIST workshop is being made available to anyone in Fremont County.

This year’s earlier event was focused on training trainers to implement a comprehensive, effective and financially sustainable community suicide prevention program within the State of Wyoming. This training opportunity was intended to enhance those prevention efforts. Thirteen candidates successfully completed the week-long training, of which two trainers are Fremont County residents.

The ASIST training for open to the public is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 15th and 16th at the Frank B. Wise Building in Fort Washakie. Workshop enrollment limit is 20.  The cost of registration ($350) has been paid by a grant from (MSPI) Methamphetamine Suicide Prevention Initiative; Garret Lee Smith Act, Eastern Shoshone Suicide Prevention Program, and the Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming.

Please direct any questions regarding training and registration to:

Glenda Mitchell of Eastern Shoshone Suicide Prevention:  esr.suicideprev@gmail.com or Cell: (307) 438-1238

What makes ASIST effective?

Connecting:

Connecting gives caregivers an opportunity to clarify and examine their own attitudes toward people exhibiting suicidal behavior. Through connecting, caregivers can overcome attitudinal barriers that may hinder their learning and their helpfulness.

Understanding:

Viewing a suicidal situation through the eyes of an at-risk person helps caregivers understand how to take care of that person’s concerns. Caregivers practice how to apply their understanding in simulated scenarios involving suicide risk.

Assisting:

Caregivers learn the Suicide Intervention Model as a framework for understanding the process of suicide intervention. Caregivers intensively apply suicide first aid, including connecting, understanding, and assisting skills in intensive practice situations.

BY THE END OF THE WORKSHOP, PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ABLE TO:

  • Deal effectively with personal and societal attitudes about suicide
  • Discuss suicide with an at-risk person in a direct and helpful manner
  • Identify an at-risk person and make a plan to help (called a safe plan)
  • Demonstrate the use of intervention skills for helping an at-risk person
  • Identify resources available to help a person at risk for suicide
  • Have confidence in being an effective resource
  • Be part of a team improving the community’s response to suicide
  • Understand issues such as life promotion and care of oneself as a caregiver

ASIST TRAINERS

Glenda Mitchell, B.A., C.H.

Suicide Prevention Coordinator

Eastern Shoshone Tribal Health Suicide Prevention Program

307-438-1238

 

Reverend Diane Carleton, B.A. Spiritual Director

Volunteer for Riverton 1st Stop St. James Episcopal Church

307-856-2968

 

Mary Sue Rector, MSW

Volunteer for Riverton 1st Stop St. James Episcopal Church

307-840-0311

 

–Provided by the Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming, a County10 Community Partner