Received from a colleague:
I just received this in an email this morning and the person that sent it to me was happy that I share it. I think it signifies one of the main reasons we do what we do and how important it really is…
I took part in the ASIST training you delivered earlier this year. I just wanted to email you bothto express my thanks and appreciation for taking the time to train us and equip us with invaluable skills. Yesterday afternoon I found myself in a situation where I had to use these skills unfortunately. I was walking across a bridge over the river, a bridge I walk across almost daily, to find a young woman on the other side of the railings in distress. It’s hard to know for sure, but I really do believe if it had not been for the ASIST training, I honestly don’t know if I would have had the confidence to approach the woman and spend time talking to her.
The woman is safe now, and thanks to the skills you taught me, alongside the compassionate human nature of the other amazing people on the bridge with me, she is ok.
My sincere thanks again, I will encourage everyone and anyone to ensure they access some form of suicide intervention training or at least expand their knowledge and awareness. We just don’t know what situation we will find ourselves in, particularly in these very challenging times.