Training - Suicide Prevention

The National Office for Suicide Prevention is involved in a range of training initiatives around suicide prevention and mental health promotion. However, most activities regionally are coordinated by the HSE Regional Resource Officers for Suicide Prevention. You can search for training in your local area at or by contacting your local Resource Officer.

Steps in suicide prevention training

  • General awareness
  • Alertness skills
  • Intervention skills

General awareness

esuicideTALK is a one to two hour exploration in suicide awareness. The programme is organised around the question “should we talk about suicide?” and offers a space to safely explore some of the more challenging issues relating to suicide. The programme encourages everyone to find a part they can play in preventing suicide. Its goal is to help make direct, open and honest talk about suicide easier.

Registration instructions:

  • Irish residents, aged 18 and over, can access esuicideTALK for free by registering here. (This link will open the esuicideTALK website.)
  • When asked for user information, enter “NOSP” in the Full Company Name field. This is necessary for access to the online programme.

Reaching Out

This programme aims to raise the awareness that suicide is preventable. Improve education about suicide and decrease stigma associated with suicide. Topics include risk factors for suicide, warning signs, how to respond to a suicidal person and where to go for help. The development of skills around these issues is not within the remit of this programme. Instead this programme should be seen as the first step in developing knowledge to respond to someone in crisis.

Understanding Self Harm Awareness Training Programme

The workshop provides opportunities to improved 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 the functions are discussed. Positive approaches to engaging with and caring for someone who self-harms are presented. Active participation is encouraged.

Alertness skills


Download the safeTALK leaflet

SafeTALK 'suicide alertness for everyone' is a half day training programme that prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. These specific skills are called suicide alertness and are taught with the expectation that the person learning them will use them to help reduce suicide risk in their communities. Participants learn how to provide practical help to persons with thoughts of suicide in only a few hours. SafeTALK Following a safeTALK workshop you will be more willing and able to perform an important helping role for persons with thoughts of suicide.

Intervention skills


Download the ASIST leaflet

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first-aid. It is suitable for all kinds of caregivers - health workers, teachers, community workers, Gardai, youth workers, volunteers, people responding to family, friends and co-workers. ASIST trains participants to reduce the immediate risk of suicide and increase the support for a person at risk. It helps them seek a shared understanding of reasons for suicide and reasons for living.

The workshop provides opportunities to learn what a person at risk may need from others in order to keep safe and get more help. It encourages honest, open and direct talk about suicide as part of preparing people to provide suicide first aid. Participants also consider how personal attitudes and experiences might affect their helping role with a person at risk.