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About ASIST

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

 

Suicide is sadly far more common than most of us think. It is little known that more people die in England each year “by their own hand” than in road traffic accidents. We also lose more of our armed forces personnel to suicide then to combat.

So what is behind this? Some people really do intend to die for good reason and this choice must be respected, by most die needlessly, just because at that time tin their life, their own death becomes an option that seems, to them, to be the only option and this can happen for a myriad of different reasons.

Many more people are left to live on. Their lives are also permanently affected by a suicide -  wishing they could have only realised,  said or done,  something to have prevented an avoidable death happening.

Mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters, husbands and wives, lovers, friends relatives, neighbours and colleagues – and the whole community – are affected when someone dies from suicide, because they could not see a way of living their life and because no one either “saw the signs” or if they did,  knew how to help them. It’s still hard to talk about suicide.

Yet before a suicide occurs, there are always a number of recognised “risk” indicators present – and the person considering suicide usually indicate their suicidal feelings to at least someone.

That “someone” could easily be you and if you know what to do -  the benefit lives on.

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