Special Events

 Learn the skills to help save a life.
Suicide is preventable. Anyone can make a difference.  Attend the award-winning ASIST workshop and learn to:
•     recognize people at risk of suicide,
•     talk to them, hear their stories, and understand their situations, then
•     help them stay safe with a life-affirming intervention.
WHO: The two-day ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) workshop is open to anyone 16 or older. Widely used by both professionals and the general public, ASIST offers something to every participant, no matter how experienced.
WHAT:  2-day ASIST workshop August 10-11 8:30-4:30 each day
              Location:  Heritage Church
                               1604 E. Pointer Trail, Van Buren, Arkansas
                               (across the street from VBHS and the tennis courts)
              Register online (click here) by July 28th
              Cost is $5 per person (includes lunch both days).  Scholarships are available!
  • LIFE-SAVING: Anyone can experience  thoughts of suicide. By giving participants the skills to help
    friends, family members, colleagues, and clients stay alive, ASIST supports suicide-safer
  • TRUSTED:  ASIST is the most widely used suicide intervention training workshop in the world. Over
    100,000 people attend ASIST each year in more than 30 countries.
  • ENGAGING: ASIST is a dynamic, hands-on workshop that uses adult learning principles. It includes
    presentations, discussions, and audiovisuals, plus simulations to practice intervention skills.
  • PROVEN:  ASIST works. A major 2013 study showed that the ASIST intervention process significantly
    reduces thoughts of suicide and helps people at risk feel more hopeful about living.1
  • COST-EFFECTIVE: A 2015 RAND Corporation study found that for every $1 spent on the ASIST program in California, the state government would save $50 in medical expenses and associated costs.
Learn more at www.livingworks.net/asist
1 Gould, M. S., Cross, W., Pisani, A. R., Munfakh, J. L., & Kleinman, M. (2013). Impact of Applied
Suicide Intervention Skills training on the National Suicide
Prevention Lifeline. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 43:6, 676-691.
2 Ashwood, J. S., Briscombe, B., Ramchand, R., May, E., Burnam, M. A. (2015). Analysis of the
Benefits and Costs of CalMHSA’s Investment in Applied
Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).