LivingWorks Start is an online, skills-based suicide prevention training program that anyone can learn in as little as one hour. Accessible from any computer or mobile device, the program features realistic audiovisuals and powerful e-learning technology. It also offers customizable elements based on users’ profiles and needs, and provides quick access to support and safety resources. Trainees learn life-saving skills to keep their family members, friends, co-workers, and others safe from suicide.

For more information about Start training, including bulk orders, please contact Akash Asif at [email protected].

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Learning goals and objectives

By taking LivingWorks Start, participants learn:

  • Ways to become more comfortable talking about suicide
  • How to recognize when someone is experiencing thoughts of suicide
  • How to effectively connect someone to further intervention help
  • How to be aware of local resources and use them as helping connections
  • How to build and retain their skills through practice

This innovative program provides an immersive experience for effective and long-term skill development and sustainability. Data analyzed by third-party researchers confirm that LivingWorks Start is effective at increasing people’s ability to recognize invitations, as well as their readiness and confidence to intervene. LivingWorks Start meets the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA)’s Tier III evidence-based program requirements.


Ages 13+ (trainees under 16 require parental consent)
Participants can include but are not limited to: parents and caregivers; natural helpers and advisors; educators; ministers; health practitioners; justice workers; law enforcers; emergency workers; and community volunteers.


All participants who complete the course will receive a certificate of participation.

Special Accommodations

LivingWorks Start meets disability standards and includes closed captioning. Please contact [email protected] if you need specific accommodations.


“I was a little anxious at first, but the training was great. I feel much better prepared to help now.” Sophie, programmer and hospital volunteer, Calgary, Canada

“Glad for this training. These are must-have skills for people in so many fields.” Michael, EMS coordinator, Brisbane, Australia