Case Studies

Case Study 1: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) for The Trafford College Group

The Problem

I oversee pastoral care for a large Further Education College containing over 12,000 students.  Suicidal ideation and risk of suicide represented 10% of our total safeguarding referrals for 2022-23.  

What We Did

In response to this we contacted Alice to deliver the full ASIST programme to our mentor and safeguarding team. Alice’s communication throughout the process was excellent. 

The training was over two days and I could only describe it as life changing

Alice and her team were able to sensitively and empathically share difficult content in a way that empowered staff to carry out a professional assessment and action any resulting interventions. 


Since the training my team regularly use the Pathway for Assisting Life (PAL) model taught in ASIST and it genuinely save lives.  My team and I have become more comfortable talking about suicide and creating an open and non-judgemental culture that promotes people to speak out. 

I truly believe that this training should be a mandatory requirement as with physical first aid.  If you are able to attend or offer this to your staff don’t hesitate – it could save a life.

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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training Case Study

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Examples of learning needs we can address may include

  • Limited understanding of children and adolescent mental health
  • Unprepared to have conversations about self-harm and suicide
  • Low confidence around talking with young people about anxiety
  • Fearful of discussing suicide with children
  • limited or no knowledge of developing safe plans with individuals thinking about suicide
  • Unsure how to create a suicide-safer community within your school/college/other setting

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