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HSE Suicide Prevention Training

Under the Connecting for Life strategy, the following is a list of training that NOSP coordinates and funds.  To find out where/when training is available or to book training, please contact an HSE NOSP Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention.  

These programmes include:

Let's Talk About Suicide

Let’s Talk About Suicide is the new, free, online suicide prevention training programme from the HSE. This programme helps people to develop their skills to keep others safe from suicide. It helps participants to identify people who are at risk, confidently ask about the topic of suicide and connect them with resources that can help them stay safe. This introductory programme uses guided online content, video and interactive questions. Participants can pause and recommence the programme at their convenience. On average, it will take 60 minutes to complete, but they can work at their own pace. This suicide prevention training programme is available to anyone over 18 years of age. Click here for contact details for your local coordinator.


ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is a two-day skill-building workshop on suicide prevention.  This course provides an opportunity to understand what a person at risk needs from others to keep safe and get further help.  Participants are trained to reduce the immediate risk of suicide. 


SafeTALK (Suicide Alertness for Everyone) is an internationally recognised half-day training programme that prepares participants to recognise and engage with people who may be having thoughts of suicide and to connect them to suicide first aid resources. Most people with thoughts of suicide don't truly want to die but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. SafeTALK-trained helpers can recognise these invitations for help and take action by helping people connect with life-saving resources, support, and services.

Understanding Self-harm
The Understanding Self-harm workshop provides opportunities to improve knowledge, awareness and understanding of self-harming behaviour. Participants consider how personal attitudes and experiences might affect their helping role with a person who self-harms. It aims to clarify what self-harm is, what leads people to engage in the behaviour and considers its relationship with suicide. The causes, reasons behind the behaviour, and functions are discussed. Positive approaches to engaging with and caring for someone who self-harms are presented. Active participation is encouraged.

Suicide Bereavement Workshop for Communities
"Supporting people bereaved through suicide in the community".  The HSE will arrange a workshop in response to an invitation from the community.  This two-hour workshop is part of an initiative to enhance communication and provide support to communities bereaved through suicide.  Venues may include community halls, workplaces, GAA and or sports clubs.

This workshop will provide participants with:

·        An understanding of the grieving process.

·        Knowledge of how to support individuals, families and communities bereaved through suicide.

·        Knowledge of available help/support services and how to access these.

For more information, please get in touch with a Suicide Bereavement Liaison Officer.  

Suicide Bereavement Workshop

Suicide Bereavement Training for Professionals is a one-day training session around bereavement and grieving in the context of suicide.  Participants become familiar with the grieving process in the context of suicide and develop an understanding of the key elements of supporting someone bereaved through suicide.  The Suicide Bereavement workshop is aimed at professionals and key contact people who, in the course of their work, encounter those bereaved through suicide to develop a greater understanding of the key elements of supporting someone bereaved through suicide. For more information, please get in touch with a Suicide Bereavement Liaison Officer.

Visit the NOSP website for more information:

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