Review of the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training Program

There are no easy answers to the problem of suicide. It kills almost one million people a year, injures many more, and leaves countless survivors—friends, family, and loved ones of those who have died—emotionally devastated.The Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training program (ASIST) provides one solution to this problem by training caregivers to identify and intervene with those at risk for suicide.Although the ASIST program has been the subject of numerous evaluations, there has been, to this point, no compilation of these reports. Therefore, the purpose of this report is to provide a comprehensive review of ASIST evaluation results. To this end, the report is organized into four sections: An overview of the problem of suicide A description of the ASIST program A review of ASIST evaluation results Suggestions for future ASIST evaluations