The Indigenous Network Suicide Intervention Skills Training (INSIST) program


The Indigenous Network Suicide Intervention Skills Training (INSIST) Program

Indigenous Network Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Program Overview

Suicide is the leading cause of death for young Australians aged 15 to 24 years. Recent findings reported that the suicide rates of Australia’s youth are at an all-time 10-year high and the rates of suicide for Indigenous youth are twice that of other Australians. Despite these concerning statistics, there is currently a lack of culturally appropriate suicide prevention training programs available for Indigenous communities in Australia. A systematic review found that gatekeeper training may be a promising suicide intervention method for Indigenous communities. Gatekeeper training, hereafter referred to as ‘responder training’ has some integral strengths, as it allows adaptations of the training to be tailored for different communities by addressing specific issues that may be present within these communities.  This type of training allows teaching familiar community members using existing relationships to help those at risk.

The Indigenous Network Suicide Intervention Skills Training (INSIST) program is a multi-faceted suicide prevention training program that targets at-risk Indigenous youth. The program aims to increase knowledge and awareness of suicide risk factors by developing a sense of connectedness between at-risk groups and health services and support groups. The training will provide participants or ‘responders’, the willingness to intervene with, and refer at-risk youth to appropriate health services and support groups. The training program has been developed with extensive consultation with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.


The INSIST program structure is a wrap-around model that has been designed and developed with extensive community collaboration and consultation. It is important for Indigenous community members to be given an opportunity to undertake training using a world renowned, gold-standard suicide intervention program that has been culturally adapted. This leads to community empowerment, which is vital for successful and safer communities.

Part One:

Community Care Day – approximately 3 hours

This session has been included to allow for participating responders to understand the purpose of the INSIST program. It is an informal ‘yarning’ session where responders will get to know each other and understand what the next two days of the training will entail. Talking about suicide may bring up upsetting feelings, memories or emotions, and it is important for participants to be allowed to opt-out of the training if they feel they are not ready on that day. Participants are welcome to return to a later training session. Participants will be informed of their role in the community once they have this training, which is to create suicide safer communities.

Part Two :

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training – 2 day workshop

ASIST is a world-leading suicide intervention training program, delivered by LivingWorks, Australia. This workshop will provide necessary skills and a comprehensive overview of suicide first-aid. The ASIST workshop teaches participants the skills needed to identify when someone may be at risk of suicide, and provides the training to work with them to keep them safe. This training can be learned and used by anyone, there are no prior skills required.


INSIST Resource book: A collection of descriptive illustrations that will serve as analogies for participants to use as part of the ASIST training.

INSIST Videos: An overview of the attitudes and the process of a suicide intervention, as explored by young Indigenous actors. These videos compliment the ASIST videos, and provide a wide-ranging starting point for participants to discuss and understand the training model.

INSIST App: The INSIST App is a resource that will provide necessary support to trainers who have completed the INSIST training. It includes multiple features and serves as a useful tool for participants to revise their training over time, access to support services, as well as links to other INSIST trained responders.


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Team contacts

INSIST Project Lead: Dr Maree Toombs

Ph: (07) 4631 5455

INSIST Research: Dr Bushra Nasir

Ph: (07) 4631 5476

INSIST Administration

Ph: (07) 4631 5444