FREE HSE Suicide Prevention A.S.I.S.T. (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) in Mullingar

Brigid Geoghegan
Brigid Geoghegan • 22 January 2020
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Event date 5 Feb 08:30 - 6 Feb 17:00
Event location Mullingar

The HSE Resource Office for Suicide Prevention will deliver two A.S.I.S.T. (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) programmes in County Westmeath in the month of February. This is a 2-day skills based, intensive, interactive and practice-dominated Workshop designed to help Caregivers recognise the immediate risk of suicide and learn how to respond and be in a position to provide immediate safety, help and information to individuals whose lives may be at risk. These will be delivered as follows:




Location*/ Duration


Feb 5th & 6th  

Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar - 0900 – 1700 (both days) – Registration: Day 1 at 08;45


Feb 26th & 27th  

Creggan Court Hotel, Athlone  – 0900 – 1700 (both days) – Registration: Day 1 at 08;45


All courses are FREE of charge.

The ASIST and other HSE suicide prevention programmes such as SafeTALK prepare people to recognise, engage with and support persons who may be having thoughts of suicide.  Why not attend and give yourself the opportunity to increase your awareness and be in a position to support someone who may be going through a difficult time.

Booking Information:

Register for programmes via the HSE Midlands Suicide Prevention Training Website: or contact Eddie Ward, HSE Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention by email: or Mobile: 086 3801152.

Information & Resources:

The listening ear of someone with compassion, empathy and a lack of judgement can help restore hope in someone who is feeling distressed and vulnerable. Take a minute to notice what is going on with you, your family, your friends and your colleagues.  Take a minute to reach out and start a conversation if you notice something is different or not quite right.  Take a minute to find out what help is available for both yourself and others  - Local GPs, MiDoc Out of Hours Service 1850 302 702; Hospital Emergency Departments, Pieta House 24/7 Suicide Helpline 1800 247 247, The Samaritans 116 123; or the Emergency Services 999 / 112.

The HSE Resource Office for Suicide Prevention in Longford/Westmeath provides a wide range of national suicide prevention resource materials. It has also developed a number of informational resources that provide suicide prevention information and contact information on local and national supports These are all available free of charge. The local resources include:

· A Longford/Westmeath Resource Directory;

· A Longford/Westmeath Resource Office for Suicide Prevention Information leaflet;

· Help & Support Information cards for both Longford and Westmeath (wallet sized;

· An Emergency & Crisis Information Poster.

Websites such as and give information on how to support yourself or someone you care about and details of local and national services.

Pieta House provide a bereavement liaison service for those who have lost a family member or a friend or colleague to suicide and may like to avail of support with their grief. Bernie Carroll is the Suicide Bereavement Liaison Officer for the Midlands and she can be contacted on 086 418 0088 or email: Midlands Living Links also provide a listening and support service and can be contacted through their Co-Ordinator on 086 1600641.    

Preventing suicide requires the efforts of many - each of us, healthcare professionals, educators, community members and political officials and governments – but the positive effects of this collaborative work can be sustainable and have a massive impact.

For more information on suicide prevention please contact:

Eddie Ward, Resource Office Suicide Prevention, Midlands Louth Meath CHO

Health Service Executive, Health Centre, Dublin Road, Longford. N39KR23. ( (086) 380-1152   8


To book a place on the Suicide Prevention training programmes for 2020(ASIST, SafeTALK and Understanding Self-harm) please click on the following link: