Training in works through Suicide Prevention Coalition

The Suicide Prevention Coalition is bringing the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) to Baraga County Memorial Hospital.

The training will be led by Dial Help, the community support and outreach center, on Jan. 25-26.

ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid that’s purpose is to help participants “recognize someone at risk,” said Kristine Putz.

“The Baraga Suicide Prevention Coalition requested to have a program in their area and are using funds from their Out of the Darkness walk to educate people,” said Putz.

The two days are split up between the education on Day One and execution on Day Two.

“We go over a lot of groundwork,” said Putz. “We take apart thoughts and feelings toward suicides and talk about what intervention looks like.”

On Day Two, they roleplay to go over the skills and models that were learned the previous day.

“It’s like being trained for CPR,” said Putz.

The goal is to teach the participants to “know how to intervene.” It is suicide first aid, for lack of a better term.

Dial Help has been doing the ASIST training since 2011. The classes are indeed for 30 people. Anyone 16 or older is welcome to register by calling Putz at 482-9077.

Dial Help also has a 24-hour call line, a rape crisis center, and other support services for those in need.