Suicide Prevention Training

Our suicide prevention training courses and talks are all facilitated by qualified trainers. To make an enquiry about any of the talks and courses please contact us, we’d be delighted to help.

The ASK Workshop

Developed by Lifeline Workshops – ASK is the only suicide prevention workshop that specifically addresses suicide risk in children and gives participants developmentally appropriate strategies and tools to identify young children at risk of suicide and quickly gather and organise key details needed to assess risk and inform safety planning.

The ASK Workshop is a one-day, evidence-informed and highly interactive suicide prevention training. Learn from informative videos, mini-lectures, and group discussions. Apply and practice as you learn with case studies and guided simulations. Leave with tools and templates you can integrate into your practice immediately.

ASK Workshop for Facilitators

This 3-day Training programme equips you to deliver the ASK workshops.

To be eligible you should be at least 19 years old and have:

  • completed the 2-day ASIST workshop within the last 3 years
  • experience working with persons at risk of suicide
  • experience working with children between the ages of 5 and 14
  • academic training or work experience in one or more of:
    • Child and Youth Worker
    • Social Worker (Bachelor or higher)
    • Psychology (Bachelor or higher)
    • Nursing (mental health specialisation preferred)
    • Education (teacher or school administrator)

Suicide Awareness Talks

We can arrange for a qualified speaker to present an awareness-raising talk about suicide and suicide prevention to your group, healthcare professionals, company or community organisation.  Normally less than one-hour long, we offer these on a donation basis.

  • Awareness raising talks that can stimulate discussion and break down the stigma
  • Talks are normally less than one hour
  • These are offered on a donations basis

Suicide Talk

Ranging from 90 minutes to a half a day, suicideTALK is an ideal way for participants to become more aware of suicide-related issues within their community. Dealing openly with suicide, this talk focuses on the question “Should we talk about suicide?”

By looking at this in a number of ways, you can discover some of the thinking around suicide in their communities and increase awareness and insight:

  • How suicide is a serious problem that can be misunderstood
  • How personal and community beliefs about suicide affect suicide stigma and safety
  • How the steps taught in LivingWorks’ safeTALK program can be used to help prevent suicide
  • How to get involved in life protection, preservation, and promotion activities in the community


safeTALK is a short course aimed at anyone over 15 years of age.  It only takes three and a half hours to complete.

  • Become aware and be able to respond if suicidal thoughts are present
  • See how invitations for help are often overlooked
  • Learn about common tendencies to miss, dismiss, and avoid the problem of suicide
  • Apply the TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe
  • Understand what community resources are available and how to connect someone with further help


ASIST is a two-day training course that is suitable for anyone over the age of 16 regardless of prior experience. If you want to be able to provide suicide first aid then this course is ideal. Shown by major studies to significantly reduce suicidality, the ASIST model teaches effective intervention skills whilst helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community.

Over 2,000,000 people worldwide have taken the workshop, which includes:

  • Presentations and guidance from two LivingWorks registered trainers
  • A scientifically proven intervention model
  • Powerful audio-visual learning aids
  • Group discussions
  • Skills practice and development
  • A balance of challenge and safety


SafeTALK Training for Trainers (T4T) is a two-day training that prepares participants to deliver safeTALK courses. Every T4T is facilitated by LivingWorks instructors who have extensive experience with safeTALK and training.  In order to do this course, all candidate must attend the two-day ASIST course first.

  • The first step toward becoming a registered safeTALK trainer.
  • Covers the skills necessary to lead the safeTalk workshop.
  • includes the use of the safeTALK Trainer Manual and audiovisuals.
  • Develops the confidence needed to present the content.
  • A balance of challenge, support, and opportunities for participation.

The process of becoming a registered safeTALK facilitator does require commitment. However, providing life-saving suicide awareness skills is very worthwhile.

Asist T4T

ASIST is the world’s leading suicide intervention skills training with more than 6,000 active facilitators globally. This five-day course is the first step toward becoming a registered ASIST facilitator and delivering your own workshops.

  • Five-day training course.
  • Learn the content and process of ASIST and the knowledge needed to deliver the course.
  • Provides a cost-effective way to gain life-assisting ability in your community.
  • Candidates need to ensure that they will have a training partner to work with in their geographical area or organization
  • A significant commitment is required for participants.

Suicide to Hope

The workshop’s goal is to encourage and enable participants to apply a recovery and growth-oriented approach to working with those previously at risk and currently safe from suicide. Through interactive learning and practice, participants will learn to:

  • Reflect on their qualities as helpers—the beliefs, values and attitudes they bring to the helping relationship—and how these impact on the effectiveness of their work
  • Describe key features of a hope-oriented, recovery and growth approach to suicide;
  • Understand a framework for finding and exploring recovery and growth opportunities in suicide experiences; and
  • Apply a Pathway to Hope (PaTH) model for setting and working toward recovery and growth goals.

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is an educational course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue. In the same way, as we learn physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill-health.

Developed in Australia in 2000 and now internationally recognised in 23 countries, MHFA courses teach people how to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues, provide help on a first aid basis and effectively guide someone towards the right support.

Action to prevent suicide has a network of approved instructors working with different sectors, organisations and communities throughout England, delivering a range of courses including Adult MHFA.

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