ASIST training is appropriate for professionals and volunteers aged over 16 who work regularly with people who maybe experiencing difficulties with mental health. Nurses, physicians, mental health professionals, pharmacists, teachers, counsellors, youth workers, police, first responders, correctional staff, school support staff, clergy, and volunteers have all found that ASIST complements their existing training and knowledge. Other people attend simply because they want to be able to help someone in need, in much the same way they might learn CPR. Because the training is comprehensive and doesn’t rely on prior qualifications, they can have the same meaningful experience as a professional caregiver. The training is extremely emotionally intense and may not be suitable for someone who has had a recent bereavement or emotional trauma.