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Suicide Intervention & Prevention Skills Training

Breaking Through co-ordinate and manage Suicide Intervention & Prevention Skills Training on behalf of the HSE Mental Health Services as part of Ireland’s National Suicide Prevention Strategy, Connecting for Life. Face to face Suicide prevention training workshops include safeTALK, ASIST and Understanding Self Harm.

An online option is START training; you can complete the programme on any device or computer. A licence is required to participate in START training programme please email: Once you have activated your free licence, you can log in and begin the programme.

Breaking Through provides training for those who live or work in the CHO 07 Area, Kildare/West Wicklow, Dublin West and Dublin South City. Suicide Prevention training is for those over 18 and is free to attend. It is advised that if you have been beavered by suicide within the past 12 months that training would not be suitable. For information on services and supports please contact your local resource officer here.


Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions all face to face training of safeTALK, ASIST and Understanding Self-Harm are all currently suspended. If you are interested and would like to be placed on the mailing list for notification of when these trainings return please email Or, when restrictions are lifted to register a place on safeTALK, ASIST or Understanding Self-Harm training workshop and for further information please go to:


START (Suicide Prevention Skills Online) Training

START (Suicide Prevention Skills Online) Training is an online interactive training programme that will give you the skills and knowledge to keep others safe from suicide. START training is an introduction to suicide prevention. After you activate your licence, you will have 60 days to complete the programme. On average start takes 90 minutes to complete. To request a licence please email


safeTALK (Suicide Alertness for Everyone)

safeTALK (Suicide Alertness for Everybody) is an half day training programme that prepare participants to recognise and engage with people who may be having thoughts of suicide and to connect them to suicide first aid resources.Following a safeTALK training you will be more willing and able to perform an important helping role for persons with thoughts of suicide.

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)

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 help. You will work interactively with others in small groups.

Understanding Self-Harm

Understanding Self-Harm workshop provides opportunities to improve knowledge, awareness and understanding of self-harming behaviour. This one day workshop 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 functions are discussed.