There are a number of training options available nationally for suicide prevention in Australia. Whilst every endeavour has been made by members of LIFE Communications team to list training that is relevant to suicide and self-harm prevention, LIFE does not endorse these programs or the materials they use. A number of these programs are delivered in various locations across Australia; for information on the locations of the training programs please visit the individual websites. Please also note that some of these programs are delivered online. The following list should not be seen as exhaustive and should only be used as a guide.


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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. The program aims to enhance a caregiver’s ability to help a person at risk to avoid suicide. Participants learn to: 

  • recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide; 
  • respond in ways that help increase their immediate safety; and  
  • understand why suicide thoughts are present and link them to further help.            

The workshop also covers ways to care for and support oneself as a helper. 
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Operated by: LivingWorks
ASIST T4T is a five day program designed to prepare candidates to become ASIST trainers. Candidate trainers will develop knowledge and competencies in preparing and presenting the ASIST program. The course includes: 

  • an overview of the ASIST program; 
  • coaching on how to deliver course materials; and  
  • preparation and self-study time.      

The ASIST program is an essential prerequisite to ASIST T4T.  
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CORES Community Response to Eliminating Suicide

Operated by: Kentish Regional Clinic Inc.
The CORES Package aims to develop the skills and confidence of community members to intervene in suicide and hence assist in the development of a community’s capacity to eliminate suicide. More specifically, the package covers how to: 

  • recognise the warning signs of suicide 
  • intervene before a crisis occurs 
  • support the person at risk to access the appropriate services 

CORES has two components: Team leader training and general participant training.
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Cultural competence in working with suicidality and interpersonal trauma

Materials prepared by: Education Centre Against Violence, NSW Health
This CDRom is intended for use by frontline workers in a range of settings including: mental health services, domestic / family violence support services, sexual assault centres, youth services, alcohol and other drugs facilities, and physicians in General Practice.

The aim of the CD Rom is to enhance the cultural competence of clinicians and case-workers who are working in these areas in relation to suicide risk assessment. The CD Rom introduces the concept of a 'dual-track suicide risk assessment' model that emphasises the need to assess for risk of harm from another person, at the same time as assessing for risk of harm to self. The 'intersectional cultural approach' used as the basis for this model takes account of the full range of dimensions of human diversity, provides the framework for suicide risk assessment that is proposed in this learning resource.
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Lifeforce suicide prevention workshop

Operated by: LifeForce
Participants of this one day workshop will gain insight into suicidal ideation and learn how to identify warning signs and assess suicide risk. They will also learn how to: 

  • engage a suicidal person; 
  • understand the role of the carer; 
  • refer at-risk individuals to appropriate professional care; and   
  • be committed to suicide prevention in their community.   

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Living Hope Bereavement Support Training Course

Operated by: The Salvation Army
Available as a three day face-to-face course or as an online e-learning program, the Living Hope Bereavement Support Training Course (LHBSTC) aims to cover all aspects of suicide bereavement. The course covers: 

  • practical matters (funeral arrangements etc); 
  • the grieving process; 
  • spirituality; 
  • the impact of culture on grieving; and  
  • understanding emotions.      

LHBSTC aims to give participants the skills and confidence to support people bereaved by suicide. 
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Mental Health First Aid

The Mental Health First Aid Program is run by Mental Health First Aid TM (MHFA) Australia, a national non-profit health promotion charity focused on training and research. More information about MHFA Australia can be found through their website.

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QPR First Aid Course in Suicide Prevention

Operated by: The Salvation Army
The QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) First Aid Course in Suicide Prevention is a web-based gatekeeper course that takes approximately one hour to complete. Participants will learn to: 

  • understand myths and facts about suicide; 
  • recognise warning signs; 
  • apply the ‘QPR approach’ to suicide prevention; and  
  • offer support to people at risk of suicide.     

The course is recommended for any community member but is particularly relevant to people who engage with individuals who may have an increased risk of suicide. 
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Operated by: LivingWorks
safeTALK is a half-day presentation intended to increase suicide alertness. Designed to complement the ASIST workshop, safeTALK alerts community members to signs that a person may be considering suicide. Participants will learn to apply basic TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen, KeepSafe) and how to connect those at risk of suicide with further suicide intervention help.
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suicideCare: Aiding life alliances

Operated by: LivingWorks
suicideCare is a one-day, clinically-oriented exploration of the challenges presented to and the competencies required of the helper who works with people at risk of suicide on a longer-term basis. ASIST training is a prerequisite.
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Suicide Questions Answers and Resources (SQUARE)

Operated by: Joint project between General Practice South Australia and Relationships Australia South Australia
square is an educational resource for primary health care and community speciliasts and any individuals working with people who are at risk of suicide. It is a set of resources that is both a standalone educational resource and a support package for training and systems change in suicide risk assessment, intervention and follow up. It supports a suicide and self harm primary health care model.
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Suicide Prevention Skills Training

Operated by: Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP)
This research and skills-based training is offered in three different forms: 

  • a two day workshop addressing the core issues of suicide prevention; 
  • a one day workshop tailored to the specific needs of the participant group (may be specific or advanced in nature); and  
  • two hour training modules, specifically designed for workers requiring specialised, introductory or advanced training. Eleven modules have been developed so far.   

All training focuses on promoting evidence-based and best practice based suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.  
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Suicide Prevention Training

Operated by: Uniting Care Institute of Family Practice

This workshop will equip you with both skills and knowledge for working directly with people who are suicidal, as well as family, friends and significant others who are affected by an attempted or completed suicide. The program will focus on assessment of level of suicidality, safety planning and post intervention.

What to expect from the training:

  • The myths and facts about suicide 
  • How to recognise warning signs 
  • How to identify level of risk 
  • The principles of crisis intervention 
  • How to make an appropriate referral 
  • How to respond to suicide survivors 
  • Suicide Risk Assessment and Crisis Intervention

For information email the Institute of Family Practice or visit their website

Suicide Prevention Skills Training

Operated by: On the Line
This one day workshop will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to: 

  • identify and assess suicide risk; 
  • defuse crisis situations; and   
  • support people at risk of suicide.   

The session includes group discussion and covers the following topics:

  • psychology of suicide and self-harm; 
  • warning signs; 
  • responding to threat; 
  • referral; and  
  • self-care.   

For more information email Shaun Walsh, Training Manager, On the Line.


Suicide Story - Training Tool

Operated by: Mental Health Association of Central Australia
Suicide Story is an indigenous-specific training tool to help create suicide safer communties & families. It is a DVD made up of short films that feature the voices of indigenous people. Animation, art work and music combined with these voices focuses on nine issues relevant to suicide, and the DVD will accompany a full 3-day program. The aim of Suicide Story is to provide an indigenous specific training resource to contribute to an increased level of understanding about suicide and the skills necessary to intervene when someone is a risk.
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Operated by: LivingWorks
suicideTALK is a short community-oriented program that explores issues and attitudes in suicide prevention. By encouraging open conversation about suicide the program seeks to reduce stigma, promote life and enhance suicide safety. Some of the aims of the program are for participants to: 

  • increase personal commitment to suicide prevention; 
  • support the growth of training opportunities in suicide prevention; and 
  • contribute to growing community awareness of suicide as a serious health problem. 

Participant materials include a worksheet, information about community resources and handouts about suicide prevention. 
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