What is I-ASIST?

Suicide rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are currently twice that of non-Indigenous communities, with young people particularly at risk.

Building on the success of the existing LivingWorks ASIST program - the global gold standard in suicide prevention training - I-ASIST was co-designed with Indigenous leadership and consultation, specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Led by Professor Maree Toombs, proud Euralie and Kooma woman from the University of Queensland, I-ASIST trains friends and family and other outreach services to help identify people with suicide thoughts early and use their skills to develop an individualised safety plan.

I-ASIST was officially launched in November 2021 by the Federal Minister for Indigenous Australians, The Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP. Click here for the media release.

Click here for information on the evidence supporting I-ASIST. 



I-ASIST trains Indigenous workforces, people who work with Indigenous communities, as well as schools, community groups, and sports clubs.

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“I-ASIST suicide prevention first aid training is a missing piece, sitting alongside mental health awareness and crisis supports. We require people trained in suicide first aid skills be embedded within their Indigenous communities as trusted supports and connectors.” - Prof. Maree Toombs


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