Suicide prevention workshop to be offered
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training is a standardized two-day workshop designed for members of all caregiving groups.
Medical professionals, law enforcement personnel, educators, ministers, counselors, coaches, Sunday school teachers, human resources directors, managers, military personnel or anyone desiring to learn the skills needed to save others from suicide can benefit from ASIST. The workshop will be offered in Fayette County June 26-27 with location to be determined.
Because of the nature of the course seating is limited to 30, and pre-registration is required.
“Fayette County has experienced several suicides this year. Our goal is to train community gatekeepers across all segments of society to have the skills that can save those at risk of suicide,” said Kenneth Koon, workshop facilitator.
Koon, a Coweta County resident and U.S. Army Reserve chaplain, is executive director of the Armed Forces Mission based in Fayette County.
Koon trains soldiers throughout the country to combat the epidemic of suicide that is now plaguing the military community. Every 18 hours and active duty soldier takes his own life and among veterans that number is 22 per day.
Within the civilian population everyday 1,400 teens attempt suicide and one in 20 adults have thoughts of suicide every year.
The cost of the workshop has been reduced to $50 per participant through the generous support of our community partners. To learn more or register for the workshop visit www.iwillintervene.com.