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LivingWorks Start is a 90-minute online training program that will teach you how to recognize when someone is having thoughts of suicide and take meaningful action to keep them safe. The messaging and learning goals are similar to  safeTALK .


The LivingWorks Start experience


Accessible via any computer, smartphone, or tablet, LivingWorks Start includes customization, simulations, and interactive content. You’ll learn about suicide and its prevention, receive personalized information, and gain a series of skills to keep someone safe and alive.


A “Find Safety” button is present throughout the training to connect you to supporting resources if you experience any distress. Once you’ve completed the training, you can practice additional scenarios and access ongoing resources.


LivingWorks Start learning goals


This training will teach you to:


  • Recognize when somebody is having thoughts of suicide

  • Ask clearly and directly about the possibility of suicide

  • State the seriousness and show that person you want to help them

  • Connect the person to further resources for safety and support


Evidence for LivingWorks Start


LivingWorks Start complies with the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s Tier III evidence-based training criteria. Trainees have been shown to gain increased skills in recognizing someone’s thoughts of suicide and providing appropriate support to keep them safe.


Who should take LivingWorks Start?


LivingWorks Start is an ideal option for anyone who wants to help keep others safe, regardless of prior background or experience. LivingWorks Start can be taken by anyone 15 or older, or by those 13-14 years old with support from a parent or guardian.

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