Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training for ADA staff

April 19, 2022

Matthew Simons

Recently, five members of the ADA family, from both the Friendly Ear Support Services team and the training/facilitating team, completed the LivingWorks Australia ASIST program. ASIST, is a two-day suicide intervention program, available to people aged 16 and over to become an ASIST trained caregiver.

The program helps caregivers to recognise the signs when someone may be at risk of suicide. It then explores the various ways to connect, understand and clarify that risk. With an end goal of increasing their immediate safety and providing them with the appropriate help and support services. 

It is a proven intervention model that now sits as a key support technique for the ADA Australia team.

ADA Australia’s workplace training is built on creating awareness and support around mental health and AOD-use through education and self-reflection, with a particular focus on the workplace and on support and intervention techniques.

Through training and education, we strive to help people understand the complexities around suicide and suicidal behaviours and of being alert to the signs and symptoms in themselves (and in others), and in encouraging them to reach out.

An ADA Australia Suicide Prevention Training Program for your workplace, sporting club or young apprentices can be a first step to improving awareness around suicide and in promoting help-seeking behaviours.

If you’d like to learn more about this program, or any of the other training programs we offer, please call ADA Australia on 1300 378 429 or email:

Additionally, if this information has raised any concerns for you, please do speak to your GP, they can help you back to good health, or call a helpline: LIFELINE 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue 1300 22 4636.

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Matthew Simons