Goal: This one-day training is designed to provide the necessary knowledge and skills for implementing the Lifelines curriculum with fidelity.

Objectives: Participants will be able to:

  • give an overview of the comprehensive components of Lifelines
  • cite the research behind Lifelines that has proven its effectiveness
  • implement the Lifelines elements: develop administrative procedures and establish links to the community; conduct faculty and staff member training and provide parent education.
  • use the detailed instructor’s guide to teach four 45-minute lessons to students on suicide. These lessons prepare students to identify suicidal behaviour, respond appropriately, and obtain help for their friends and themselves
  • be seen as a resource for students and adults who are concerned about suicide
  • know how to respond effectively if they become concerned about a student
  • become comfortable with the Lifelines skill-based approach, including role-playing


8:00 Registration

8:15 Welcome and Introductions;Overview of Workshop

9:00Lifelines Overview

  • Role of the school in suicide prevention
  • Four components of a comprehensive suicide program
  • Resources for faculty and parent training
  • Lifelines research
  • An overview of the four sessions
  • Using the instructor’s guide

10:00 Break

10:15 Lifelines curriculum assignments and preparation

11:00 Session 1: When Is a Friend in Trouble?

  • Demonstration
  • Feedback and discussion

12:00 Lunch

12:30 Session 2: How Do I Help a Friend?

  • Demonstration
  • Feedback and discussion

1:30 Session 3: Where Can I Go for Help?

  • Demonstration
  • Feedback and discussion

2:30 Break

2:45 Session 4: How Can I Use What I’ve Learned?

  • Demonstration
  • Feedback and discussion

3:30 Implementing with Fidelity

3:45 Evaluation and Closure

4:00 Adjourn