Assistant professor Laura Shannonhouse and Mary Chase Mize, a doctoral student, introduced Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) to representatives from several organizations who work with aging adults.
Representatives came from the following services:
- The Florida Department of Elder Affairs, assistant professor Laura Shannonhouse and doctoral student, Mary Chase Mize introduced Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) to representatives from several organizations who work with aging adults.
- Virginia Tech
- The Association for Community Living
- Atlanta Regional Commission
- Jewish Family and Career Services
- DeKalb Medical
The group spent two days learning innovative behavioral health intervention using the ASIST methods.
Shannonhouse will be the principal investigator on a two-year grant of $699,362 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She will conduct research on preventing suicide and promoting life with older adults.
She voiced her appreciation with the turnout for the ASIST training.
“These people honor us by taking the time to train with us,” she said. “We thank them for all they do to prevent suicide and promote life with older persons.”
Photos on this page show Dr. Laura Shannonhouse and assistant director Mary Chase Mize facilitating a meaningful learning moment for ASIST participants. Participants are standing and representing a source of support in the person-at-risk’s life. When everyone stands together, as a metaphorical safety net of support, we see a powerful image that any given helper is only one part of a suicide safer community. When such a ‘safety framework’ is done well in reality, in alliance with best practices, it can keep people safe from suicide, right when they are most at-risk.