This one day workshop is primarily designed for mental health workers who have clients that suffer from repeated suicide ideation. This training is the perfect next step after completing the ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills) 2 day workshop.
ASIST teaches you how to keep a person at risk of suicide safe for now, but what happens next and how do you help someone with repeated ideation.
It provides tools you the tools to develop achievable and significant recovery and growth goals for those who have found themselves in the ‘stuckness’ of suicide ideation.

Why recovery and growth?

Recovery and growth approaches have demonstrated significant positive impacts in mental health, substance abuse, and trauma but have not been developed for use with those recovering from suicide until now. To meet this need, LivingWorks developed ‘Suicide to Hope’: a Recovery and Growth workshop that will provide you with skills to help persons recently at risk to identify opportunities for recovery and growth which arises out of their experiences with suicide.

Goals and objectives

In this course, participants will learn to:

  • Describe how suicide experiences provide an opportunity for recovery and growth
  • Recognize how their attitudes might impact the recovery of the people they are trying to help
  • Describe a schematic of themes related to suicide experiences and a model for developing achievable recovery and growth goals for their clients, and
  • Demonstrate use of this model to aid recovery work with a persons recently at risk of suicide

Workshop process

During suicide to Hope, participants will reflect upon their qualities as a caregiver—the beliefs, values, and attitudes they bring to the relationship. They will also learn about various meanings of suicide experiences and discover the opportunities for recovery and growth they present. More specifically, suicide to Hope is structured around a three-phase “Pathway to Hope” model. The first phase, understanding, focuses on exploring and describing barriers to recovery and growth. The second phase, planning, focuses on formulating recovery and growth goals and plans. The third phase, implementing, focuses on monitoring progress and reviewing the process. Clinicians and professional caregivers who attend a suicide to Hope workshop learn how to use this model collaboratively with those they serve. The workshop is highly interactive with a mix of large group and small group discussion and simulations.

“So much of our time has been spent on suicide risk assessment and management, which is obviously important—but when you’re through that, what’s the next thing? I think suicide to Hope is going to fill the gap for that. It gives people a roadmap for recovery and growth-oriented work with the people they’re trying to support”.—Sally Spencer-Thomas, CEO and Co-founder, Carson J Spencer Foundation, USA

Who should participate?

Suicide to Hope is primarily designed for mental health workers, youth workers, case managers, and other community service professionals. It assumes that participants already have some familiarity with suicide prevention and intervention techniques, or have completed the ASIST program. The skills learned in this new program are designed to complement existing knowledge and experience. The skills are intended to support you in helping persons recently at risk of and currently safe from suicide on a long-term basis beyond the first-aid emergency situation. LivingWorks two-day ASIST workshop is not a prerequisite for attendance, but is recommended as one way to learn the suicide intervention skills that are necessary for using Suicide to Hope’s tools. 

Design and Development

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. 


“Suicide to Hope can not only empower our staff, but also empower the clients to manage suicidality.” — Barry McGale, Suicide Liaison Officer, Western Health and Social Care Trust, Northern Ireland

“Several of my clinical colleagues at The Canadian Mental Health Association at Waterloo Wellington Dufferin have been using the skills learned and tools provided from the suicide to Hope workshop and have found that it’s a post-intervention, collaborative, hopeful, and systematic approach to ensuring we are providing the right help, at the right time to help people move through their suicide experience.” — Kim Hewitt, Registered Occupational Therapist 1ST Step CMHAWWD & Chair, Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council, Ontario Canada

Suicide to Hope fills an important gap in finding ways to support people chronically struggling with suicide. So many clients I work with are “stuck” in their pain and can’t seem to find any path forward. The suicide to Hope program provides ways of supporting their growth and recovery through tangible goal setting. I highly recommend this workshop to those caring for someone trapped in an ongoing cycle of suicidality.” — Community Trainer, Centre for Suicide Prevention, Alberta Canada

This 1 day workshop can be held for your staff at your workplace, or you can send staff to an ‘open to public’ scheduled workshop. All enquiries or expression of interest can be directed to our senior trainer, Sandra Willie by email or telephone: (07)3117 2455 or email: