Online suicide alertness training


Gain suicide alertness skills in just one hour

Everyone can learn how to recognise the signs that a person might be having thoughts of suicide and start a conversation that could save a life. With one person lost to suicide every week on the Sunshine Coast, we need to work together as a community to support our family members, friends, neighbours, colleagues and customers.

We offer LivingWorks ‘Start’ online training free-of-charge to Sunshine Coast residents and workers.

In just one hour online, you can learn the often-subtle signs that someone may be considering suicide and how to connect them to help and support.

  • Evidence-based training that requires no previous experience
  • Powerful four-step model to keep someone safe from suicide
  • Practice the model with impactful simulations
  • Dynamic, interactive content

Cost: Free for Sunshine Coast residents and workers
Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours, completed at a time that suits you
Date: Reserve your license now

How to take part
  • Reserve your free license with us (you must be a Sunshine Coast resident or worker*)
  • Our training providers, LivingWorks, will email the license soon. Look out for Please note licenses are issued in batches every couple of weeks.
  • Complete the training online at a time that suits you.
  • Receive your certificate
  • Apply what you’ve learned!

*If you’re not a Sunshine Coaster you can purchase the training directly from LivingWorks here. Alliance Members, phn Central Qld, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast offer an alternative free training program, QPR Online Gatekeeper Training.

Why we offer this free

The Sunshine Coast’s suicide rate of one person lost per week is higher than the national average.

The already high need for suicide prevention skills has increased, with many people experiencing social isolation, stress, anxiety, and financial pressure due to COVID-19.

Research shows that training community members to identify the signs that a person is at risk of suicide and connect that person to longer-term help can be an effective method of preventing suicides.

USC’s The Alliance for Suicide Prevention – Sunshine Coast offers this training free-of-charge as a part of our efforts to create a suicide-safer community.

More than 400 Sunshine Coasters have trained with us, together forming a growing safety net for people within our community. Will you join them?

Learn about our other training options

Mental health and suicide prevention training programs will be offered to the community through the Alliance and other community based groups.


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