Fort Lee, Va. (July 21, 2011) --Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training will be available at Fort Lee this fall, as a result of the collaboration between Kenner Army Health Clinic Department of Behavioral Health and the Virginia Department of Health.

ASIST is a two-day workshop that prepares caregivers of all backgrounds to provide suicide first aid to persons at risk. ASIST is similar to a Basic Life Course, except the focus is to aid those at risk of suicide. Therefore, this workshop is not exclusively for clinicians. ASIST also allows participants opportunities to network and partner with other community-based organizations.

ASIST helps participants to explore their experiences and attitudes about suicide, develop a better understanding of the needs of a person at risk of suicide, learn how to use suicide first aid to meet those needs, and build awareness and enhance skills that most individuals already possess.

ASIST is presented during two days of practical training in both large and small groups and is very interactive.

The sessions are set for Oct. 18-19 and Nov. 8-9 at the Memorial Chapel.

There is no fee to attend the training, but KAHC asks that participants register only if their schedule allows commitment to the two full days. Meals are not provided. ASIST will provide a training manual. Certificates and CEUs (if applicable) will not be given to applicants who miss any part of the training.

Once registered, participants will receive more details on training times. There is ample free parking at the chapel.

The minimum number per class is 15 with a maximum of 35. To enter Fort Lee, you must have proper identification and proof of current insurance.

To register for the October session, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/FtLeeASISTOctober. To register for the November session, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/FtLeeASISTNovember.

For more details, contact Capt. Kerima A Gibbons at kerima.a.gibbons@us.army.mil or call (804) 734-9056.