LivingWorks suicide first-aid training is currently available for free to NSW communities including all New South Wales (NSW) high school teachers and staff, parents/carers, first responders and community groups, and organisations. This funding includes LivingWorks Start (online 90 minute training), safeTALK (in-person 4 hour workshop) and ASIST (in-person two day workshop). This has been made possible through the NSW Government’s Mental Health Recovery Package, which aims to support anyone whose mental health has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
All training is NESA accredited, as well as providing CPD hours with the Australian Counselling Association and the Australian Psychological Society.
Learn the skills of how to identify someone with thoughts of suicide, ask them directly, and refer them to ongoing help, as well as unpacking key community myths around suicide. If run in an institution, safeTALK also provides an avenue to discuss internal processes and procedures.
Appropriate for anyone in the community, including teachers, parents, construction, professional services, health and social services, retail and hospitality.
Appropriate for anyone in the community, including wellbeing staff, counsellors, psychologists, crisis lines, clinical staff, student support, youth workers or first responders.
Normally $43.95, this program is fully funded for NSW residents for a limited time only. To access this training as an individual, all you need to do is register now on the button below.
For groups or organisations looking to have team members complete our online LivingWorks Start training, LivingWorks can also provide you with de-identified reporting data and survey results, plus a post-training one-hour Q&A session with one of our experienced trainers as an opportunity to ask questions/clarify any concerns participants may have had during the training.
We can run a safeTALK for your group or organisation for 15-30 participants at a time, anywhere in NSW.
Alternatively, you can browse our open safeTALK workshops to check if there’s one in your area.
We can run a LivingWorks ASIST for your group or organisation anywhere across NSW, with a 8 week lead time (on average).
ASIST can be run for a minimum of 15 participants, and a maximum of 30. Two rooms with AV capabilities must be provided.
LivingWorks suicide first-aid training is currently available for free to NSW communities including all NSW high school teachers and staff, parents/carers, first responders and community groups, and organisations.
Most people who die by suicide (in particular young people and men) are not in the healthcare system. Therefore when they are thinking about suicide, they are at home, in schools & workplaces and in the community. This means we need a whole of community approach to protect them from suicide. This funded training is available for free to NSW residents including teachers, parents/caregivers, student peer leaders and wider community touchpoints for young people.
This training is available completely free of charge up to June 2024 for NSW communities under the NSW Government’s Mental Health Recovery Package.
Yes, this program roll-out is being led by NSW Health with the support of the Department of Education.
Yes, completing LivingWorks training will contribute to NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Student/child Mental health addressing standard descriptor 4.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. LivingWorks ASIST will contribute 14 hours, LivingWorks safeTALK will contribute 3 hours and LivingWorks Start will contribute 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Teachers and parents/carers are well-placed to observe suicide warning signs, monitor risk, encourage alternative coping strategies, provide emotional support, and facilitate young people to engage with mental health and suicide prevention services.
However, research indicates that many teachers and parent/carers’ suicide-related knowledge, and confidence in their ability to intervene, is lacking.
Empowerment of teachers and parents/carers and through suicide education has been demonstrated to be effective in addressing this issue, resulting in increased identification of young people at risk of suicide as well as increased referrals to services.
You can do a 90 minute online course - LivingWorks Start - right now! To register and begin training, click here. You can also attend an in-person workshop in your area or contact us to arrange a private in-person workshop for your organisation or group.
Yes! We offer a wide range of programs that are available to as many touchpoints in schools and organisations as possible, to create a network of safety for young people. Fill out the contact form on this page so we can talk about options for your school.
LivingWorks suicide intervention skills training aligns with other suicide prevention activities that:
“I really liked the training. I think it was practical, kind and useful. The program was very easy to follow and helpful for the future if I were ever to face this type of situation”
“Before this program, I don’t think I had the courage to ask someone if they were thinking of suicide.”
“I have been through several of these types of training but the realism and ability to re-watch scenarios and re-see things is very good and helpful.”
“Although I work in the mental health space, I find that people come to me for support in my personal life. I’ve always questioned how I managed conversations, worrying I might say something wrong. LivingWorks Start couldn’t have come at a better time – I’ve been able to use the skills to have conversations with some of the closest people in my life during COVID”
Please fill out the following form to receive information about hosting a private face to face workshop for your organisation/community group, or receiving a number of Start online training licenses – all fully funded by the NSW Government.
Open workshops coming up in NSW can be found via the ‘Open Workshops’ button on the NSW webpage – this list will be updated regularly. Alternatively, fill out the form below and we will contact you if a safeTALK becomes available in your area.
For Groups or Organisations
We can run a free safeTALK for your organisation/group, with a minimum of 15 participants, fully funded by the NSW government. We can run these workshops for you anywhere in NSW. (Venue/catering is not included in this funding.)
Please fill out the following form to have have us contact you to discuss running a free safeTALK workshop for your organisation/group.