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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.

Breaking Through provides training for those who live or work in the CHO 07 Area of Kildare/West Wicklow, Dublin West and Dublin South City and CHO 06 Area of Dublin South East, Dublin South and East Wicklow. 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.

Suicide prevention training workshops include START (Suicide Prevention Skills Online), safeTALK, ASIST, Understanding Self Harm and Online Professional Suicide Bereavement training.

If you live or work in the CHO 07 area of Kildare/West Wicklow, Dublin West or Dublin South City to register a place on a training workshop please go to:

If you live or work in the CHO 06 area of Dublin South East, Dublin South or East Wicklow to register a place on a training workshop please go to:

Unfortunately, we cannot predict what covid-19 may present next therefore please note that training will only proceed if it is safe to do so and in line with Government guidelines at time of 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.


safeTALK (Suicide Alertness for Everyone) Face to face training

safeTALK (Suicide Alertness for Everybody) is a 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. 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) Face to face 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 Face to face training

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.


Professional Suicide Bereavement Training (Online via Zoom)

Develop a knowledge and understanding of the grieving process and enhance your skills in supporting people bereaved by suicide. Who this training is for: The workshop is about bereavement and grieving particularly in the context of suicide and is for people who in the course of their work come in contact with those who are bereaved by suicide. This will include but is not limited to: teachers, healthcare professionals, An Garda Siochana and Community Leaders. Online, participants complete a self-directed one hour e-module before attending a 5 hour online facilitated workshop. Please email for information on training dates.