The role of The HSE’s National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP) is to effectively support, inform, monitor, and coordinate the implementation of Connecting for Life, Ireland’s National Strategy to Reduce Suicide, 2015-2020. This strategy has now been extended to 2024. 

Connecting for Life is Ireland's national cross-sectoral strategy to prevent suicide, with 69 actions under the following 7 strategic goals. 

  1. A better understanding of suicidal behaviour

  2. Supporting communities to prevent and respond to suicidal behaviour

  3. Targeted approaches for those vulnerable to suicide

  4. Improved access, consistency, and integration of services

  5. Safe and high-quality services

  6. Reduce access to means

  7. Better data and research

Under the Connecting for Life strategy, the following is a list of training that NOSP coordinates and funds. To find out where and when training is available or to book training, please click on the following: Resource Officers for Suicide Prevention

LivingWorks START

Start is a basic introductory online programme that takes around 1.5 hours to complete and will help develop the skills and knowledge required to help keep others safe from suicide.

This training will help participants to: 

  • Become more comfortable talking about suicide

  • Keep someone safe in times of distress

  • Support friends and co-workers

  • Build professional skills

  • Have peace of mind knowing you’re ready to help


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. safeTALK-trained helpers learn to recognise invitations and requests for help and how to take action by supporting people to connect with life-saving resources, supports and services.


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

Understanding Self-harm
The Understanding Self-harm workshop provides opportunities to improve knowledge, awareness and understanding of self-harming behaviour.  It aims to clarify what self-harm is, what leads people to engage in the behaviour and considers its relationship with suicide.  

Suicide Bereavement Training for Professionals is a one-day course to help you understand the grieving process, the context of suicide and develop your understanding of the key elements of supporting someone bereaved through suicide.

Workshop for Communities
“Supporting people bereaved through suicide in the community”. This two-hour workshop is part of an initiative to enhance communication and support for communities bereaved through suicide. This presentation will be provided in response to an invitation from a community. 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

Supporting people bereaved through suicide

The Suicide Bereavement workshop is a one-day training about bereavement and grieving particularly in the context of suicide.  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 contact your local Suicide Bereavement Liaison Officer.  

Click here for a list.