A recent study by the Canadian Mental Health Association noted more Canadians were thinking about suicide during the pandemic.
If you can talk about suicide, you can talk about anything. But how do you learn to talk about suicide? Like any skill, it gets easier with effective training. And with a lot of education moving online during COVID-19, it’s vital that suicide awareness and prevention training be available online too.
LivingWorks is a suicide prevention company that provides online training to many campuses in Ontario.
Recognizing the need for students and staff of Ontario colleges and universities to be trained in suicide awareness and prevention, some Ontario campuses are working with LivingWorks. Headquartered in Canada, LivingWorks offers suicide intervention and prevention training, and recently came out with an interactive online training called LivingWorks Start.
In one hour online, LivingWorks Start teaches trainees to recognize when someone is thinking about suicide and connect them to help and support. In these difficult times, people are struggling with increased stress and anxiety and suicide prevention skills are needed more than ever.
Many campuses have mental health supports systems in place but sometimes students will choose to turn to their friends in times of need. By learning skills online—where many students and campus staff are these days—an extra level of safety ensures students are supported.
Schools signed up for this training include Queen’s University, University of Toronto, St. Lawrence College, Ryerson University, McMaster University, University of Windsor, Huron University, University of Ottawa, University of Guelph, and Mohawk College.