We have been helping communities across Wales become suicide-safer since 2008. Our suicide prevention courses are part of a suicide prevention strategy across the Globe. 

BAVO’s strong history of excellence has continued to contribute towards better preparing our communities to intervene and prevent suicide.

Our philosophy is to ensure that one day we will have a suicide safe community where people at risk are supported; people providing support feel confident and able and the stigma and stereotypes associated with suicide and suicide ideation are eradicated.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

As our commitment to the county suicide and self-harm prevention strategy and action plan, we continued to deliver regular ASIST training through open courses and targeted workforce development.

BAVO is seen as one of the lead ASIST training organisations in Wales, surpassing all others in terms of delivery outcomes and numbers trained.

The interventions skills programme is delivered to residents, volunteers and those working in third, private or the public sector. 

Our aim is to create suicide safer communities by improving responses to people in need and by increasing people’s skills and resilience.| Read more |

Book for our next course...

ASIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training 

Thursday 16 and Friday 17 January 2020 2019 (two day course)
BAVO - 112/113 Commercial Street, Maesteg, CF34 9DL
9.30am - 5pm (two day course)
COST: £130 BAVO members / £145 Non BAVO members
(Lunch not included)

Most people considering suicide share their distress and their intent, sometimes very discreetly. Training will help you see and respond to these invitations for help, give you the confidence to ask about suicide if you are concerned about someone's safety and provide you with the tools to help prevent the immediate risk. 
| Read more and book here |

'TuneUp' - ASIST refresher course

'TuneUP' is a half day refresher workshop for those who have attended the full ASIST course in the past. We recommend participants take Tune Up courses at least every 15 months to maximise their care-giver competencies and simply refresh what they have learned previously. | Read more |


suicideTALK is a three hour session that invites participants to become more aware of suicide prevention opportunities in their community. Dealing openly with the stigma around suicide, this exploration focuses upon the question: "Should we talk about suicide?"

Contact us

For further details contact BAVO, T: 01656 810400 or E: [email protected]

Further information....

Samaritans Compassion Toolkit
Their Compassion Toolkit and presentation delivery weave into the sessions or deliver on their own. It is aimed at adults as well as students to teach confidence in having difficult conversations around suicide.

This originally evolved from training people in Foodbanks with the Trussell Trust where they were dealing with people who were suicidal and they didn’t know how to handle this type of contact. | Read more |