Workplaces are ideal environments to support safety and well-being. Most people who die from suicide are working age (16 – 65), and co-workers and managers may notice signs of suicide that others do not.
LivingWorks delivers suicide prevention skills training within small, medium, and large workplaces in all industry sectors, including construction, healthcare, technology, business, agriculture, hospitality, education, entertainment, and manufacturing.
“I work with people with complex disabilities and their families and I also volunteer on the Anxiety Recovery Centre helpline. I completed the Suicide First Aid Training over a year ago and couldn’t have predicted just how important it would be. I remember within only 24 hours after my last day of training someone in my personal life offered me my first invitation to talk about suicide. Since then I have had countless opportunities to provide people with the space to talk about suicide. When the pandemic started these opportunities have arisen in every group I exist in – my friendship groups, the Anxiety Recovery Centre helpline, clients at work, families of my clients and colleagues. I think the most profound part of training was being taught and really feeling that anyone has the ability to provide suicide first aid.”
Following the LivingWorks safeTALK training, 61.8% of all participants reported that suicide was a problem for students in their schools, an increase in suicide awareness of over 20%.
A 2018 evaluation of safeTALK implementation in a Manitoba high school found five statistically significant outcomes that resulted from participation in the workshops:
Participants gained new knowledge, skills and improved attitudes towards people who may be thinking of suicide.
Participants were better able to identify the signs and indicators of people thinking about suicide.
Participants reported being better able and more willing to support people thinking about suicide.
Participants were more aware of the available KeepSafe Connections in their school.
Participants were better aware of what to do if a friend tells them they are thinking about suicide.
LivingWorks training can be implemented in any workplace, at any scale. We offer training for different helper roles so everyone can help contribute to a suicide-safer workplace.
A 90 minute, online training that helps learners develop foundational skills to recognise when someone may be thinking of suicide and connect them to further help.
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Learn to talk openly about suicide, reach out to someone with thoughts of suicide, and connect them with further support in a half-day, face-to-face workshop. This more in-depth training also allows learners to practice skills and helps to address myths and barriers around suicide.
Recognized as the gold standard in suicide intervention training, LivingWorks ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is a two-day interactive and in-person workshop in suicide first-aid. Learners become ready, willing and able to intervene with someone who has thoughts of suicide, and help them develop a safety plan, access help and find hope.
LivingWorks Faith is an online program that empowers Christian faith leaders to increase safety from suicide and minister to those who have experienced suicide loss. Faith training provides hope-centered, safety-focused interventions, and enriches life promoting ministries in support of purposeful living and self-care.
“We have finished our second ASIST training – everyone who attended had positive feedback and most actually said for the first time they attended a training session and felt they actually got some real-life skills.”
“I wish I did it sooner, if I had done it 1 week, 1 month, 1 year or 5 years earlier I would feel I had the skills to confidently be prepared to do a suicide intervention, meeting the needs of the person with suicidal thoughts.”
“As a training officer I gained lots of insightful information to improve our own in-house training sessions on suicide and mental health. I feel that all our staff would benefit from this course The course wasn’t about expectations of ‘trying’ to be a counsellor it was about the stages needed to get the person to safety and/or come up with plans to keep them alive.”
Please fill out the form below to receive information about hosting a private face to face workshop for your organization/community group, or receiving a set of Start online training licenses.