CGC certifies 34 in suicide intervention

Posted on May 09 2022


Participants pose with facilitators Fred Fatialofa, last row, far right, and Queayla Sablan, front row, third from right, after completing the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.’s Community Guidance Center certified 34 individuals in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training last April 20 and 21, 2022, on Rota.

ASIST is an evidence-based suicide intervention training program that provides participants with the skills necessary to connect, understand, and assist persons who may have thoughts or are at risk for suicide. It provides personalized, life-assisting, first-aid intervention training that reinforces help-seeking behaviors for those at risk for suicide.

Since 2018, the CGC has certified 461 individuals in ASIST in the CNMI: 384 from Saipan and 77 from Rota. Plans to offer the training on Tinian are in progress.

Help is always available from the Community Guidance Center. If you or someone you know are feeling alone and uncertain of the way things are, reach out and call the CGC office at (670) 284-0843/0847 or 323-6560 for mental health support and coping skills. (PR)

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