LivingWorks delivers suicide prevention training for NSW secondary schools and communities

Posted 19th April 2023 in Sector news

A $14 million dollar contract granted by the NSW Government Department of Health will see the delivery of LivingWorks Start suicide prevention training for secondary schools and communities across New South Wales.

The evidence-based training delivered by LivingWorks is an interactive, online program, helping individuals to learn valuable suicide prevention skills. It is currently available for free for NSW high school teachers, staff, parents, carers and school communities.

Participants of the training will learn how to:

  • Identify when someone is having thoughts of suicide
  • Have a conversation with them about suicide
  • Connect them with existing support services within the community.

To support the uptake of LivingWorks Start across NSW, a digital campaign has commenced promoting the training to parents and carers of secondary school students. The campaign is informed by an external Reference Group comprising of the views and expertise of lived experience, training delivery, youth engagement and suicide prevention to guide campaign messaging and safety throughout the campaign period. LivingWorks aims to train up to 275,000 secondary school students and community members by mid-2024.

LivingWorks calls for those working within the mental health and suicide prevention space and related sectors to share the digital campaign to encourage the uptake of training.

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