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By Chaney’s Hands – Community ASIST

Just imagine.

Imagine that we lived in a world where teachers were trained to recognize a child in crisis and knew what to do and how to intervene.

Imagine that when officers were called to do a well-being check on an individual that they knew the questions to ask to perform risk assessment and decide whether or not a person was actually an imminent risk case, or needed to be referred to a therapist or counselor.

Imagine for a moment that when someone calls 911, that the dispatcher they were speaking to knew what to say; knew how to speak to them; how to keep them engaged and away from methods they may use to harm themselves.

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All of these things are possible with the proper training. Groups like Crisis Text Line arrive at positive outcomes daily with the right training just by texting back and forth with those in crisis because they know how to engage, and how to assess risk. They also know how to reduce anxiety and stress making their clients calm down and enter a safer zone than they were in when the conversation began. If they are imminently at risk, an officer will be dispatched and a wellness check will be performed.

The work that Crisis Text Line does is nothing short of amazing. We are not looking to duplicate what they do. We are looking to build skill-sets into the community that get the same types of results. They are a one-of-a-kind organization, and I don’t think anyone will ever take that away from them.

By Chaney’s Hands is currently seeking between $2000 and $2500 total to receive Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). Developed in 1983 and regularly updated to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice, ASIST is the world’s leading suicide intervention workshop. During the two-day interactive session, participants learn to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide. ASIST is

ASIST is the training program that we have chosen as the basis for our education programs at By Chaney’s Hands because it is the proven leader in suicide intervention and prevention around the planet. We plan to integrate ASIST with several other proven programs, depending on the target audience and prepare those people to handle at-risk individuals who may be approaching crisis in the best ways possible.

We intend to take four By Chaney’s Hands staff members to this training, and six community members in positions that come into contact with youth and adults on a regular basis. Some of those community members are church leaders, 911 call dispatch operators, first-responders, and teachers.

We have plans on ways we can utilize ASIST to strengthen our communities to help them maintain themselves giving them the tools they need to help those approaching a crisis or struggling with depression and mental illness. We just need to get the ASIST training, and the follow-up ASIST T4T training.

Our plan is to push this type of training back into the community through fundraising so that public organizations like police departments, fire departments, 911 dispatch centers, libraries, schools, and any other public organization does not have to pay for it directly. We just need your help to get the ball rolling with this first step.

We can make this happen, all it takes is your help.

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