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.
  • When asked for user information, enter “NOSP” in the Full Company Name field. This is necessary for access to the online programme.

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 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 supporting people to connect with life-saving resources, supports and services. 

Intervention skills


Download the ASIST leaflet

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is a two-day skills building workshop in suicide first aid. Participants are trained to reduce the immediate risk of a suicide and increase the support for a person at risk. The workshop provides opportunities to learn what a person at risk may need from others in order to keep safe and get more help. 

Those taking part in the training will feel challenged and safe, work interactively with others in small groups, learn a suicide first aid model that provides a framework for skills practice and experience powerful audio visuals.