New Zealand's new evidence-informed national suicide prevention training programme

Become a LifeKeeper and support those who may be at risk of suicide to get the help they need.

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What is it?

LifeKeepers is a new, national suicide prevention training programme, created especially for New Zealand communities.

You can think of it like first aid training, giving people the skills to recognise and support those at risk of suicide. 

LifeKeepers combines an internationally proven, evidence-based approach with local knowledge and experience, to provide a programme that is community focussed, clinically safe, and culturally responsive. 

Who’s it for?

LifeKeepers will be available, nationwide and free of charge, to New Zealanders who are 18 years and over, and who are likely to interact with people at risk of suicide.

The programme is designed especially for those of us who work in communities or in frontline community roles, such as: support workers, sports coaches, emergency service personnel, church leaders, school counsellors, youth workers, Māori wardens, caregivers, Kaumatua and community leaders. 

LifeKeepers is funded by the Ministry of Health to provide suicide prevention training for those New Zealanders who are most likely to interact with people at risk of suicide and who do not already have access to funded suicide prevention training. The programme has not been funded for registered professionals who already have access to suicide prevention training, or for those who belong to organisations which currently provide or fund suicide prevention training for their staff.

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More questions and answers

LifeKeepers training is free, accessible and relevant for New Zealand communities. It caters for people’s preferred learning styles by offering either online training or face-to-face workshops.  

When you sign up for LifeKeepers you’ll be guided through the training options so you can choose the best one for you.

We’ll be offering full-day face-to face workshops across Aotearoa New Zealand (including workshops tailored to meet the needs of Māori communities). We’ll also be offering an online version of the programme for those who need a little more flexibility.

Half-day face-to-face workshops and a range of additional online content will be offered in early 2018.

Every suicide is a tragedy that has long lasting effects on families and communities.

Communities have an important role to play in reducing suicide - that’s why we have designed our training especially for community members who are likely to come into contact with those who may be at risk of suicide.

Community-based training - like LifeKeepers - equips every day New Zealanders with the knowledge and skills they need to reduce suicide in our communities. But it’s more than just training. LifeKeepers aims to create communities of care, bringing people together to support and help each other.