suicide to Hope

suicide to Hope

Clinicians and other professional helpers know that encountering suicide is an inevitable and significant part of their work. However, many lack confidence for this role and feel inadequately prepared. suicide to Hope offers a unique training opportunity to improve helpers’ preparation to provide effective suicide care.

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PURPOSE: Strengthen hope by aiding recovery and growth in persons with previous suicide experiences who are currently safe.
POSITIONING: Provide a sequel to suicide first-aid training that complements and enhances management, treatment and therapy by framing them within a recovery and growth perspective.
PARTICIPANTS: Clinicians and other professionals helping people understand and work through their suicide experiences toward a better quality of life.
FACILITATOR: One specifically trained suicide to Hope facilitator for up to 24 participants.

Why recovery and growth?

Recovery and growth through painful experiences is a common goal in medicine. It has increasingly shaped expectations in mental health but has yet to be systematically applied to suicide care. suicide to Hope helps participants:

Create hope by affirming that suicide experiences can be life-changing if people keep safe and choose to live;
Assist people to work through suicide toward achievable recovery and growth goals; and
Integrate suicide care into recovery approaches to mental health and wellbeing. 

Workshop process and objectives

The workshop’s goal is to encourage and enable participants to apply a recovery and growth oriented approach to working with persons previously at risk and currently safe from suicide. Through interactive learning and practice, participants will learn to:

  • Reflect on their qualities as helpers—the beliefs, values and attitudes they bring to the helping relationship—and how these impact on the effectiveness of their work
  • Describe key features of a hope-oriented, recovery and growth approach to suicide;
  • Understand a framework for finding and exploring recovery and growth opportunities in suicide experiences; and
  • Apply a Pathway to Hope (PaTH) model for setting and working toward recovery and growth goals. 

LivingWorks suicide to Hope helps implement Zero Suicide strategies

suicide to Hope makes a specific contribution to the provision and continuity of suicide care. It directly addresses two of the essential elements in the Zero Suicide framework proposed by the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (NAASP)—training to develop a competent, confident and caring workforce and engagement that helps people find safety-oriented pathways to care aligned with their needs. It also contributes to advancing other framework elements— providing leadership in building a safety-oriented culture and facilitating treatment that directly targets suicidality.

How do I get involved?

Want to attend suicide to Hope in your area? Click here for a list of upcoming workshops.

Want to organize or host a suicide to Hope workshop in your organization or community? Learn more here.

Want to become a suicide to Hope facilitator? Learn more here.

Have questions about suicide to Hope? Please contact us.

suicide to Hope is for clinicians and other professional helpers who are, or would like to be, involved in ongoing suicide care for people, once they are safe. It assumes that participants are familiar with suicide intervention and can provide suicide first aid. While LivingWorks’ ASIST is not a prerequisite, it is recommended as one way to learn suicide first aid and provides background for suicide to Hope’s learning processes and tools. 

If you are interested in hosting a suicide to Hope workshop for your organization, please contact us with your inquiry. Hosting a workshop involves providing an appropriate space with the necessary audiovisual equipment, coordinating with a facilitator who can present the program, and also handling participant registrations and fees. LivingWorks can work with you to help facilitate this process.

Yes, suicide to Hope can provide continuing education unit (CEU) credits. To learn more and download a template to help you obtain credits, please visit our CEU information page.

In designing and testing programs, LivingWorks uses the social research and development model created by Jack Rothman. Major features of this model include an analysis of relevant research to inform program creation, expert feedback, pilot studies, field trials, selection of diffusion method, development of user-ready materials, and dissemination. Each phase provides opportunities to evaluate and refine the program with information collected from a variety of stakeholders and end-users. While this process requires time and significant resources, its use ensures that LivingWorks’ programs are well conceived, practical, and effective. 

As with other LivingWorks programs, people can learn how to present suicide to Hope by attending a Training for Facilitators (T4F) course. The T4F is available to those who have attended an ASIST 11 workshop. To learn more, please contact

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (NAASP) Clinical Workforce Preparedness Task Force's training guidelines establish best-practice measures for the structure and content of suicide prevention training. We are pleased to note that suicide to Hope aligns strongly with these guidelines. For more information and a detailed look at how suicide to Hope is mapped to the guidelines, download the suicide to Hope and NAASP Clinical Guidelines information sheet.

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