Translating research into action: The design and development of an Indigenous specific suicide intervention skills training program (I-ASIST)

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Nasir, Bushra Farah, Kisley, Stephen, Hides, Leanne, Brennan-Olsen, Sharon, Kondalsamy-Chennakesavan, Srinivas, Nicholson, Geoffrey C., Gill, Neeraj S., Beccaria, Gavin and Toombs, Maree. 2022. "Translating research into action: The design and development of an Indigenous specific suicide intervention skills training program (I-ASIST)." Australian Journal of Rural Health. 30 (6), pp. 870-875. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajr.12903
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Translating research into action: The design and development of an Indigenous specific suicide intervention skills training program (I-ASIST)

ERA Journal ID13436
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsNasir, Bushra Farah (Author), Kisley, Stephen (Author), Hides, Leanne (Author), Brennan-Olsen, Sharon (Author), Kondalsamy-Chennakesavan, Srinivas (Author), Nicholson, Geoffrey C. (Author), Gill, Neeraj S. (Author), Beccaria, Gavin (Author) and Toombs, Maree (Author)
Journal TitleAustralian Journal of Rural Health
Journal Citation30 (6), pp. 870-875
Number of Pages6
Year2022
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN1038-5282
1440-1584
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/ajr.12903
Web Address (URL)https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/ajr.12903
Abstract

Note: We respectfully refer to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as Indigenous in this study. Objective: To design and develop an Indigenous specific suicide intervention skills program that focuses on education and intervention training as an effective suicide prevention strategy. Method: Using a co-designed wrap-around framework, we developed a program in collaboration with >90 communities, stakeholders and service providers across Australia to understand knowledge, awareness and sense of connectedness between at-risk groups and health services or support groups. Results: The I-ASIST training provides participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to apply a suicide intervention model. The framework behind the intervention model provides caregivers the awareness to recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide. It then gives them the skills to connect with a person at risk of suicide and to understand and clarify that risk, steps to keep that person safe for a specific period and then provide them with the resources or links required for further help. The program enables the development of knowledge through interactive strategies through cultural recognition and empowerment of participants. Based on a social-enterprise model, I-ASIST has been translated into a certified program supported by LivingWorks Australia. Conclusion: Based on a strengths-based and self-determination model of co-design, this grass roots innovative framework creates suicide safer communities.

KeywordsAboriginal and Torres Strait islander, Indigenous Australians, suicide, suicide intervention, suicide prevention
Sensitive Handling NoteContains traumatic content
Indigenous/First Nations men's business
Indigenous/First Nations women's business
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020450409. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services
520302. Clinical psychology
420699. Public health not elsewhere classified
450417. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander public health and wellbeing
Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Queensland
Deakin University
University of Canberra
School of Psychology and Counselling
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Funding source
NHMRC
Grant ID
APP1076729
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