Preventing Suicide

Suicide Is Preventable

Many factors and circumstances can contribute to someone’s decision to end their life. Find out how to recognize the warning signs and learn the skills to talk about and prevent suicide in a training.


Common warning signs include:

  • Becoming depressed or withdrawn
  • Behaving recklessly
  • Getting affairs in order and giving away valued possessions
  • Showing a marked change in behavior, attitudes or appearance
  • Abusing drugs or alcohol
  • Suffering a major loss or life change


Preventing Suicide

Prevention, Intervention and Postvention are three areas of focus when working in the area of suicide. They can be understood as the before, during, and after experiences of suicidal thoughts and behaviours. Everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide in one or more of these areas. You don’t have to be an expert. You do need to know how to take care of yourself and help another person get to safety if the need arises.

  • Prevention is an umbrella term encompassing all activities working toward reducing deaths by suicide. This can include increasing awareness, eliminating stigma, and education around what to do if you or someone you know experiences thoughts or behaviours associated with suicide. Prevention involves supporting people so they do not reach the point of crisis.
  • Intervention includes activities that work to support an individual experiencing suicidal thoughts or behaviours so their crisis does not lead to suicidal behaviours.
  • Postvention includes the skills and strategies for taking care of yourself or helping another person heal after the experience of a suicide attempt or the loss of a loved one to suicide.


Suicide Prevention Training Opportunities

Suicide is preventable and everyone has a role to play. LivingWorks offers a variety of trainings in suicide prevention. 


LivingWorks safeTALK - Provides in-depth skills to recognize signs of suicide, engage someone, and ensure a connection to safety. The in-person format includes powerful audiovisuals and live practice.


LivingWorkss ASIST - This two day training teaches trainees to provide a skilled intervention and develop a collaborative safety plan to keep someone safe and alice. Trusted by professionals yet learnable by anyone, LivingWorks ASIST is the world’s leading suicide intervention model.


LivingWorks Suicide to Hope - This one day training provides professionals with skills and tools to help someone recover and grow once they’re safe after a suicide crisis. Adaptable to any treatment approach, these tools help people achieve improved quality of life. 


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