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Why Is Training So Important?

Thoughts of suicide are surprisingly common. At any given time, around 1 in 25 people is thinking about suicide to some degree.

For most people, thinking about suicide isn't about wanting to die. Instead, it's about tension between their reasons for staying alive and their desire to escape from pain that feels unbearable.

Within this tension lies the risk of death—but also the possibility of intervention, hope, and life. This is where someone with the right skills can help tip the balance and change a life forever.


Specialized Training by experienced professionals for Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Post-vention

Speaker's Bureau

Our speaker bureau is a group of people who have lived experience with either losing a person to suicide or attempted suicide. They will come to share their stories to bring awareness and education around suicide. Contact us if you wish to schedule a speaker or if you wish to join and be a speaker.

ASIST Applied Suicide Intervention Training

LivingWorks ASIST is a two-day face-to-face workshop featuring powerful audiovisuals, discussions, and simulations.

At a LivingWorks ASIST workshop, you'll learn how to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, providing a skilled intervention, and developing a safety plan to keep someone alive.

Two knowledgeable, supportive trainers will guide you through the course, ensuring your comfort and safety.

safeTALK

LivingWorks safeTALK is a four-hour face-to-face workshop featuring powerful presentations, audiovisuals, and skills practice.

At a LivingWorks safeTALK workshop, you'll learn how to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, engaging someone, and connecting them to an intervention resource for further support.

A skilled, supportive trainer will guide you through the course, and a community resources will be on hand to support your safety and comfort.

Law Enforcement Resiliency Training

The Center for Suicide Awareness Staff are certified FBI National Academy Resiliency Trained. There are four domains in a person’s life that capture how they relate to others and themselves. Being healthy across the four domains is what will lead to a more resilient individual.

  • Mental – the ability to effectively manage with unique mental stressors and challenges
  • Physical – the ability to adopt and sustain healthy behaviors needed to enhance health and wellbeing
  • Social – the ability to engage in healthy social networks that promote overall happiness
  • Spiritual – the ability to strengthen a set of beliefs, principles, or values that sustain an individual’s sense of purpose

This training builds resilience and advances those who are already self-resilient. Resilient people are not as negatively impacted by hostile events, and when they do experience an adverse event, they recover faster and are more likely to experience post-event growth. No one is born resilient, rather they learn and flourish from life-experiences.

Even without a negative event, the positive effects of this training are a win-win: it’s just a matter of degree. This training helps restructure one’s thinking. It helps them to look at the world, themselves, and events they experience in a different way. Highlighting the optimistic and their strengths, rather than their weaknesses.

Military Culture/Awareness Training

We are can all appreciate and show gratitude to the sacrifices our military and veterans have been through for their country, but understanding the culture of our military and veterans is the key to connections. When it comes to mental health struggles, servicemen are no forthcoming. Through this workshop learn why the population does not disclose, and learn effective techniques to establish positive relationships. The tools learned in this workshop will allow you to help veterans and service members who may be in crisis.

Suicide Intervention/Crisis Training (How to understand Suicidal Mind)

Join our experienced and certified staff during this workshop on effective ways to intervene when a person/s is going through a crisis situation. You will learn effective ways to de-escalate the situation and learn how your body posture and tone can break or make the situation. Understanding to why the person is acting out of crisis vs. an emotional regulated state will be focused on. During this workshop you will gain knowledge of what the brain is doing during a crisis situation so you are better prepared to intervene.

Nutrition and Mental Health

What you eat has an effect on your mental health. In this workshop, our experienced team members will teach you on the benefits healthy nutrition can have on mental health and wellbeing. Our team members have knowledge of nutrition, essential oils, and other alternative holistic modalities. Join us for tips, ideas, and support on how a healthy mind, body, and spirit can start with healthy eating.

Suicide Prevention in the Work Place

Can your office sustain a suicide? The demands of every day burdens can mount on some individuals. Is your organization taking care of its employees? Our staff is trained in not only helping persons through personal crisis, but also can assist your organization talk about suicide prevention with employees before a crisis happens. Learn to be proactive. We custom design this workshop to your organization. We bring awareness to the warning signs of suicide, what steps you can take to be a person who is training to handle a crisis sat work. We will walk you through developing safety plans to have in place for the suicidal employee or what do to if someone in workplace dies by suicide. Learn the languages of suicide prevention, intervention, and post-vention.

Suicide Prevention in the Faith Based Organizations

This workshop really looks at all the points of view that surround suicide, leaving no none out. This workshop offers spiritual resilience for people who are struggling. We take a look at what interventions your organization can utilize to prevent and intervene when someone in your organization is thinking about suicide or is in a crisis. This workshop is designed to help you gain confidence in suicidal thinking and the language of suicide. Let us help your organization be better equipped for this issue.

Parents of children who struggle with Mental Health Support Workshop

This is a workshop designed for parents who have children with mental health struggles. Many parents feel like they are alone in this and as a results are afraid to ask others for help. In this workshop you will learn effective ways to navigate the mental health systems, gain coping skills to help with emotional regulation, and learn that you are not alone. This workshop will have you gain supportive methods to manage your child’s metal health challenges and leave you feeling like a confident parent again.

How to Tell MY Story

This is your story about your journey. Do you ever find yourself wondering who you can trust to share your story with? You might be wanting to reach out and tell someone more about you and have them better understand you as a person. Many times when our story involves mental health struggles we find it difficult to talk about and share our stories with others. This Workshop will help you become prepared and equipped to not only share your story, but to handle any feedback that you may encounter. This is done by working through a template that is used in sharing your story.

Veteran Culture and Mental Health

We are can all appreciate and show gratitude to the sacrifices our military and veterans have been through for their country, but understanding the culture of our military and veterans is the key to connections. When it comes to mental health struggles, servicemen are no forthcoming. Through this workshop learn why the population does not disclose, and learn effective techniques to establish positive relationships. The tools learned in this workshop will allow you to help veterans and service members who may be in crisis.

Using Art for Mental Health

Art can be the healer of the soul. Have you ever noticed that coloring calms you or certain colors bring you joy? Have you ever got lost in your art work or felt like you reached your flow while painting? Join this workshop to learn and utilize various forms of art to express yourself. You don’t even have to consider yourself an artist to receive the benefits of using art to heal your soul. This workshop will focus on using art a coping skill to manage mental health. Work books will be provided!

Crisis Intervention

Join our experienced and certified staff during this workshop on effective ways to intervene when a person/s is going through a crisis situation. You will learn effective ways to de-escalate the situation and learn how your body posture and tone can break or make the situation. Understanding to why the person is acting out of crisis vs. an emotional regulated state will be focused on. During this workshop you will gain knowledge of what the brain is doing during a crisis situation so you are better prepared to intervene.

The Language that We Use

This workshop is designed to get you to understand how certain words can trigger or calm a person. Learning that our need to always be right can hinder the way we show up in our relationships. During the workshop, we take a deep dive into eh words we use and how to retain ourselves into using words that bring a sense of peace vs. a sense of fear and fright and freeze. Language is the largest form of communication, take this workshop to ensure you are using it correctly!

Testimonials

"The Center for Suicide SOS group is helping us as it gives us a place to meet and talk with other survivors who lost a loved one to suicide. A death by suicide is hard to understand but by talking with the group it has helped us to move forward."

~ J.H.

"I believe I have been with the Center for Suicide Awareness for the past ten years helping in whatever I could do to make known to the public that the Center is here to give support to those lost a loved one to suicide. Having the experience of wanting to end my life because I no longer could bear the pain of depression. By the grace of God I did not complete my route to suicide. I was fortunate that my brain chemistry slowly began to stablize and was helped by a police sargeant who had experience with mental illnesses and helped me back to my family. Because of this experience, I have been able to help families what may have been happening in their loved ones' lives that caused them to consider suicide."

~ G.P.S.

"As an educator, I have participated in professional development surrounding youth mental health on various occasions. I am also QPR (question, persuade, & refer) certified. Throughout these trainings, I have learned so much about the Center for Suicide Awareness and the hopeline they have created. I have the call-in and text-in number saved in my contacts and have personally used the text-in line myself during moments of high anxiety and stress. I also share the number to my students or to anyone who might need it. Please call or text in if you need help. They are there for you."

~ S.V.

"A day without sunshine is like, you know, night."
~ Steve Martin