Suicide prevention training for primary care

We offer primary care providers free access to online and face-to-face suicide prevention from our partners. Icon of two hands representing suicide prevention.

Online training

LivingWorks Start suicide prevention training

LivingWorks Start is a free, 90-minute online training program that gives trainees skills to recognise when someone is having thoughts of suicide, and responses to keep them safe.

The training features:

  • leading-edge, skill-building content that goes beyond just awareness
  • interactive scenarios
  • content customised for learners’ needs
  • built-in safety resources for trainees and others
  • ongoing access to resources and skills practice.

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QPR suicide prevention training

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) training is a free, 60-minute online training program. It gives you:

  • knowledge and skills to identify warning signs that someone may be suicidal
  • confidence to talk to others about suicidal thoughts
  • assistance to connect others with professional care.

To sign up for QPR training:

  1. Visit
  2. Use one of the following Organisational Codes:
    • NSP (if you live, work or study in north, west or inner suburbs of Melbourne)
    • PBT (if you live, work or study in Melton, Brimbank or Macedon Ranges)
  3. Fill in your details and an email will be sent to you with your login details.

Once you have completed the training you will get a certificate. Your licence is valid for three years.

Face-to-face training

safeTALK suicide prevention training

safeTALK is a half day face-to-face alertness workshop that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper.

This training will provide you with the tools to identify when someone may be struggling and how to take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources.

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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid designed for anyone over the age of 16.

ASIST teaches participants to recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide and how to work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Key features of this training include audiovisual aids, group discussions, skills practice and development.

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