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Originally published in Castine Patriot, May 10, 2018 and Island Ad-Vantages, May 10, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, May 10, 2018
Suicide intervention training available

Healthy Acadia, in partnership with Access Health, will host an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training on May 17 and 18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 130 Beechland Road in Ellsworth.

The two-day ASIST training uses an evidence-based curriculum from Living Works Education, which focuses on how to help people who are having suicidal thoughts to find safety so that they can access community-based resources and supports, according to a news release from Healthy Acadia. Participants will learn to identify the warning signs of suicide, employ communication methods to help people at risk feel less overwhelmed, less depressed, and more hopeful, and connect them with professional help in the community. Participants will also learn how to use language that does not perpetuate stigmas associated with feeling suicidal, improve their understanding of the prevalence of suicidal thoughts and actions in our community, and connect with community resources.

“To date, over a million people have been trained in ASIST,” said Tara Young, Community Health Program Coordinator with Healthy Acadia, 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.”