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Tool Information

Settings: Education
MHP Steps: Implementation | Preparation | Needs Analysis
Country of Origin: Canada
Languages: English | French | Norwegian
URL: Click here for Tool Website
Publication Information: Four human service professionals (in psychiatry, psychology and social work) collaborated with the provincial and state governments of Alberta and California, and the Alberta Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association to develop suicide intervention training programs for front-line caregivers/gatekeepers of all disciplines and occupational groups. They formed a partnership Ramsay, Tanney, Tierney and Lang (RTTL) in 1983 and created LivingWorks Education Inc. as a public service corporation in 1991.

Evaluation: Yes
Available Formats: Paper Based | Soft Copy
Free: Yes
Restrictions on Use: No
Tool Focus: Individual
Tool Type: Educational/Training

Tool Description

LivingWorks is dedicated to enhancing suicide intervention skills at the community level, and committed to making its suicide prevention training programs widely available, cost effective, interactive and easy to learn, with practical applications designed for all types of caregivers. The LivingWorks objective is to register qualified trainers in local communities, who in turn can prepare front-line gatekeepers with the confidence and competence to apply first aid suicide intervention in times of individual and family crises. Learning experiences are interactive, practical, regularly updated and customizable and suitable for everyone who wants to help.

Tool Characteristics

Application in the Field: Applied internationally
Tool mainly used in: Canada
Stage of Development: Well established
Evaluation and Research: Studies/Technical Data available
Beneficiary Involvement in Design: No information found

Evaluation Description

LivingWorks has trained and registered more than 2,500 locally-based suicide intervention workshop instructors since 1983. These workshop trainers have provided first aid suicide intervention training to more than 500,000 community participants from all walks of life. An average of over 25,000 participants annually attend ASIST. There are a number of different evaluations carried out on Living Works programmes, which have shown their effectiveness and cost and life saving affect. For example, outstanding results have been pointed out in Scotland; in Unitated States; in England and in Ireland. Evaluations are available through LivingWorks homepage.

Contact Details

Organisation Name: LivingWorks Education
Address: 4303D 11 Street SE
Postal Code: T2G 4X1
Country: Canada
Telephone: +1 (403) 209-0242

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