Suicide Bereavement for Professionals

About this workshop:

This workshop is a one day workshop  funded by the HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention.  It is for professionals and key contact people who, in the course of their work, come into contact with people who have been bereaved through suicide. It explores the unique needs of individuals who have been bereaved in this way so that participants become more equipped to provide support in the safest and most effective ways possible.


This workshop aims to;

  • Develop participants’ knowledge and understanding of the grieving process
  • Enhance participants’ skills in supporting people bereaved through suicide.


What to expect from this workshop:

This workshop covers five key topics;

  • Understanding the grieving process
  • The context of suicide
  • How to support people bereaved through suicide
  • Skills building
  • Self-care.


At the end of this workshop, participants will;

  • Know about the grieving process and the context of suicide
  • Understand the grieving process and risk factors associated with suicide
  • Develop their understanding of the key elements of supporting someone bereaved through    suicide
  • Be able to apply this understanding to support people bereaved through suicide
  • Connect the learning from this workshop to their own practice.

Understanding Self Harm Awareness Training

The aim of this one-day awareness training programme is to develop participants knowledge and understanding of self-harming behaviour.

The workshop

The workshop provides opportunities to improved knowledge, awareness and understanding of self-harm. Participants consider how personal attitudes and experiences might affect their helping role with a person who self-harms. It aims to clarify what self-harm is, what leads people to engage in the behaviour and considers its relationship with suicide. The causes, reasons behind the behaviour, and the functions are discussed.

Positive approaches to engaging with and caring for someone who self-harms are presented. Active participation is encouraged. It is stimulated by audio-visuals and working with others in small groups.

Who should attend the Understanding Self-Harm Training?

The training is suitable for people who work with young people such as youth workers, teachers, residential care staff, Gardaí, and people in caring professions and parents, concerned members of the public, people who work in alcohol and addiction services, those who work with homeless people and people who work with those recovering from mental illness.

It is open to both agencies and individuals who seek to understand more about self-harm, the reasons underlying self-harm behaviours and to improve personnel/agency responses to the needs of those people who self-harm.

This training is suitable for people over 18 years of age.


ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)

The emphasis on the two-day ASIST workshop is on suicide first aid, on helping a person at risk to stay safe and seek further help. Attendance at the full two days is essential.

Learn how to:

  • Recognise invitations or signs for help
  • Reach out and offer support
  • Review the risk of suicide
  • Apply a suicide intervention model
  • Link people with community resources

This workshop is certified by Livingworks in Canada and is supported by the North Inner City Drugs Task Force and the National Office for Suicide Prevention.

Register for a place if you wish to attend this training.

This training is funded through the HSE’s National Office for Suicide Prevention as part of Connecting for Life, Ireland’s National Strategy to Reduce Suicide 2022-2024


safeTALK is ‘suicide alertness’ training. It is three hours in duration and prepares anyone over the age of 18 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help to stay safe. Alert helpers know how to use these opportunities to support that desire for safety. As a safeTALK-trained suicide alert helper, you will be better able to:

• move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid suicide;
• identify people who have thoughts of suicide;
• apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe)

to connect a person with suicide thoughts to suicide first aid, intervention caregivers.

Register for a place if you wish to attend this course

This training is funded through the HSE’s National Office for Suicide Prevention as part of Connecting for Life, Ireland’s National Strategy to Reduce Suicide 2022-2024

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

An eight week programme that uses mindfulness in an approach that focuses on improving physical and emotional well-being for individuals.

Mindfulness means learning to pay attention intentionally, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.  This programme is a way of developing self awareness and self understanding.  It is a way of paying attention through observation of our thoughts, feelings and emotions as they arise.  It is a life skill for living with more peace, contentment and joy.

The programme consists of eight weekly classes and a one day experiential workshop.  Course notes and meditation CDs are provided.  You will experience guided instruction in Mindfulness Meditation, body awareness exercises, gentle yoga movement, all designed to support you to integrate Mindfulness into your daily life so that you can continue the practice long after the programme has ended.  Group dialogue and self enquiry exercises are also included.

The benefits from regular practice of Mindfulness can include:

  • An increased ability to relax and experience calm
  • Life skills for positive emotional, mental and physical well-being
  • An understanding of what gives rise to stress and how to handle anxiety more effectively
  • Skills to respond to life experiences rather than react
  • The ability to tap into our inner strengths, awareness and wisdom
  • An inhanced clarity, concentration and curiosity for life.

Please fill in application form to apply for a place.  An interview with the facilitator will be set up prior to the beginning of this course.

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