Healthy Acadia will offer Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) in August. The two-day course will be offered Aug. 11-12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the Church of God, 53 Christian Ridge Road in Ellsworth. A session will be offered on Aug. 19-20 at Atlantic Oceanside, 119 Eden Street in Bar Harbor. Classes will meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

ASIST is an evidence-based curriculum from Living Works Education focused on intervention. Participants will learn how to safely engage with community members who are having thoughts of suicide to help them find “safety for now” and assist them in accessing community-based resources and supports. Participants will also learn how to use language which does not perpetuate stigma associated with having thoughts or feelings about suicide, understand the prevalence of suicidal thoughts and actions in our community, and connect with community resources. Another important aspect of the training will be prevention — working to build a suicide-safer community by learning warning signs for suicide and how to integrate resilience and connection to prevent thoughts of suicide in our community.

“To date, over one million people have been trained in ASIST,” said Tara Young, Healthy Acadia’s drug-free communities coordinator and certified ASIST trainer. “Many more are needed to help ensure our communities are doing everything we can to intervene and provide help for people who are having thoughts of suicide.”

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