ASIST Research and Evaluation
Impact of Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 2013
Randomized Controlled Study found that callers who talked to a crisis
line counselor trained in ASIST were statistically less suicidal, less
depressed, less overwhelmed and more hopeful than callers who talked to a
crisis line counselor trained in a method other than ASIST. The lead
author was Dr. Madelyn Gould of Columbia University. The study was
published in Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, the official Journal of the American Association of Suicidology. A brief description of the study can be found here.
Analysis of the Benefits and Costs of CalMHSA’s Investment in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), 2015
by researchers from the RAND Corporation, this cost-benefit analysis
found that California’s implementation of ASIST will significantly
reduce suicide attempts, deaths, and associated costs for years to come.
Drawing on a wide cross-section of data, the research illustrates how
ASIST training is a cost-effective way to save lives on a large scale.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training: Trainee Experiences, Recommendations, and Post-Training Behavior, 2010
by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(SAMHSA) and ICF/MACRO, this qualitative study of ASIST training
participants found increased self-efficacy, heightened awareness,
improved communication skills, increased information sharing and
increased interventions due to ASIST training.
The Use and Impact of Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) in Scotland: An Evaluation, 2008
Scottish study of ASIST found increased knowledge, helping attitudes,
skills and interventions in ASIST-trained caregivers in addition to
broad reductions stigma and increased suicide prevention awareness
within communities and organizations.
Making it Safer: A Health Centre’s Strategy for Suicide Prevention, 2007
by Nora McAuliffe and Lynda Perry this study demonstrated that ASIST
training in a large community hospital contributed to improved clinical
outcomes for consumers. Outcomes associated with ASIST training included
increased identification of those at risk for suicide and a
corresponding reduction in hospital admissions as hospital staff were
better able to assess risk and provide appropriate alternatives to
of the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training Program (ASIST):
Rationale, Evaluation Results, and Directions for Future Research, 2010
review compiles results from 20 evaluations of ASIST from five
different countries. The review found that ASIST training consistently
increased knowledge, attitudes, skills and intervention behaviors of
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training: Evidence in Support of the ASIST 11 Program, 2013
review provides evidence in support of the rationale, content, teaching
and learning processes of ASIST training, particularly as it applies to