Through the invaluable information and personal experience made available by the Advisory Committee on Small Public Service Vehicles (SPSV), NTA is aware that a number of SPSV operators have, in the course of their work, met members of the public who were contemplating suicide. Given the importance and potentially life-altering impact of such meetings, NTA has undertaken some research into the availability of Suicide Prevention Skills training which may be of both personal and professional interest and benefit to the SPSV industry.
One such training resource is the LivingWorks Start online, interactive training programme. This free programme, which uses a mix of guided online content, video and interactive questions, is accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland and is one of several resources promoted by the HSE on its website. The programme provides participants with the skills and knowledge to keep others safe from suicide. It helps participants identify people who are at risk, confidently ask them about the topic of suicide and connect them with resources that can help them stay safe.
Further details about LivingWorks Start Suicide Prevention Skills training, including information on how to complete the programme can be found here.