A Solid ‘ASIST’
Recently, the 95th Training Division hosted both Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and Ask, Care, Escort Suicide Intervention Train the Trainer (ACE-SI T4T) classes to twelve Soldiers from the 1-320th Battalion, from 8 to 10 August 2017.
The training took place at the US Army Reserve Center located in Sanford, FL. The training, led by Mr. William Banks, 95th TD Suicide Prevention Program Manager and SSG KeAiria Mayes, HQ 95th TD Suicide Prevention Liaison Representative, focused on techniques to intervene with Soldiers who are having suicidal thoughts or ideations.
ASIST equips those Soldiers attending training with the Pathways for Assisting Life (PAL) model for suicide intervention, a six step process developed by a company named Living Works. ACE-SI T4T gives the Soldiers more experience using the Army’s Ask, Care, Escort model for conducting a suicide intervention and qualifies them to give the ACE-SI class to his or her unit members upon their return home. Attendance at the training also qualifies the Soldiers to act as Suicide Prevention Liaison Representatives (SPLR) for their unit. Anyone having an interest in learning suicide intervention techniques or in becoming a SPLR for their unit should contact their chain of command or Mr. William Banks at [email protected] or at (580) 442-3009.
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