Our team prides itself on staying current with training for suicide prevention. To that end, we are prepared to offer the following training programs to your organization.

Training 1 - QPR

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.

Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying “Yes” to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.

QPR can be learned in our Gatekeeper course in as little as one hour.

Training 2 - LivingWorks safeTalk

Using a simple yet effective model, LivingWorks safeTALK empowers everyone to make a difference. With over 120,000 people attending each year, it’s the world’s fastest-growing suicide prevention training. Here’s what over 15 peer-reviewed reports and government studies on LivingWorks safeTALK found:

  • Improves trainee skills and readiness
  • Safe for trainees, with no adverse effects from training
  • Effective for participants as young as 15 years old
  • Helps break down suicide stigma in the community
  • Better skill retention compared to other connector programs

SafeTalk can be learned in approximately 3.5 to 4 hours.

Training 3 - LivingWorks ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)

LivingWorks ASIST is a two-day face-to-face workshop featuring powerful audiovisuals, discussions, and simulations. At a LivingWorks ASIST workshop, you’ll learn how to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, providing a skilled intervention, and developing a safety plan to keep someone alive. Two knowledgeable, supportive trainers will guide you through the course, ensuring your comfort and safety.

Like all of LivingWorks’ core programs, LivingWorks ASIST is evidence-based. Here’s what over 30 peer-reviewed studies and government reports on LivingWorks ASIST found:

  • Improves trainee skills and readiness
  • Safe for trainees, with no adverse effects from training
  • Interventions shown to increase hope and reduce suicidality
  • Training shown to increase general counseling and listening skills
  • Saving lives and costs, yielding return on investment of up to 50:1

ASIST can be learned in two days.

New training For Church Leaders!!

The Half a Sorrow Foundation is proud to add this new suicide prevention training specifically designed for faith leaders, and it is called SoulShop™.

Soul Shop™ is an interactive workshop that equips faith community leaders and other people of faith to train their congregations to minister to those impacted by suicidal desperation.  At a Soul Shop™ workshop attendees will learn:

 How to prevent suicide in your community

  • The signs of suicide risk and warning signs

  • How to ask a person at risk if they might be thinking about suicide

  • How to be a companion to those experiencing suicide loss

  • About local and national resources available for suicide prevention

  • What the Bible has to say about suicide 

  • How to integrate suicide prevention into the life and ministry of the church

 Suicide is a public health crisis which requires our communities to respond. We believe all congregations are well situated to be significant sources of hope and healing for those impacted by suicide, and Soul Shop™ trains leaders how.

For more information, contact us here: dennis@halfasorrow.org