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Suicide Prevention Program

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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

ASIST is the most widely used suicide intervention program in the world. Beginning in 1982 with the first pilot workshop in a rural Alberta community, the ASIST workshop has spread around the world. Over 1 million participants have taken the workshop. The common approach to suicide first aid by many different caregivers in a community has been shown to aid networking and to improve continuity of care for persons at risk.

ASIST is used by the National Guard to train Suicide Prevention Officers (SPO) and SPNCOs in each unit. The SPO/NCO in each unit provides annual suicide prevention and awareness training. ASIST is also appropriate for any military or civilian members of the Maine National Guard who have an interest in becoming more aware of the signs of suicide in their community, and desire to have the skills to intervene and save a life.

ASIST Training

No upcoming trainings are scheduled at this time.

For more information, please contact the Suicide Prevention Program Manager, via the contact info below.


Suicide Prevention Program Manager
Phone: 207.430.5762

ARNG Chaplain
Phone: 207.430.5898

VA Suicide Hotline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Press 1 for Veterans

Military OneSource

Updated 10/20/2017