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In conjunction with Hudson River Presbytery, I’m writing to invite you and any one in your congregations to attend the ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) workshop on September 21-22, 2022, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown.  

Each year we lose an estimated 48,000 friends, family and community members to suicide. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for 10-35-year old’s. Men between the ages of 35-65 are the highest risk population, and suicide rates are currently increasing fastest among young girls ages 10-14. The good news is that research also shows that suicide can be prevented.  

Last spring, I wrote to you about the Soul Shop Workshop that HRP sponsored in May to help faith communities learn how to better minister to those affected by suicidal desperation. As those who attended will testify, this was an incredibly powerful and helpful workshop! Now we are offering the complementary ASIST training in suicide first-aid which will equip you to help persons at risk stay safe and seek further help as needed.  

ASIST is a two-day, two-trainer, workshop designed for members of all caregiving groups. Family, friends, and other community members may be the first to talk with a person at risk, but have little or no training. ASIST can also provide those in formal helping roles with professional development to ensure that they are prepared to provide suicide first aid help as part of the care they provide.  

Participants in ASIST learn to use a suicide intervention model to identify persons with thoughts of suicide, seek a shared understanding of reasons for dying and living, develop a safeplan based upon a review of risk, be prepared to do follow-up, and become involved in suicide-safer community networks. The learning process is based on adult learning principles and highly participatory. Graduated skills development occurs through mini-lectures, facilitated discussions, group simulations, and role plays.  

Register at here. Registration is limited to 30 so sign up soon! If you have further questions, please contact Tami Seidel (tami@fpcyorktown.org).