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LivingWorks Start

A skills-based online suicide prevention program

Health Ed will be offering a limited number of licences for LivingWorks Start to the York U community starting in August 2020. In just one hour online, LivingWorks Start teaches trainees to recognize when someone is thinking about suicide and connect them to help and support.

*We will prioritize applications for those who have not completed safe Talk or ASIST in the past. **Licenses are released monthly first week of the month. ***You have 60 days to complete the program, else your account will expire.


Please fill out theĀ wait-list application for LivingWorks Start.

Note: The prompt will ask you to sign-in. Please sign-in with your entire York U Passport York credentials, e.g. username@yorku.ca. *However, if you have an email ending @my.yorku.ca, please replace that with @yorku.ca to access the application. Otherwise, you will receive an error message. This application is open to all students, faculty, and staff members.

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Tell us what mental health and well-being training you would like to see

The past academic year we offered many types of training regarding student health and well-being. Some popular topics we covered were mental health, physical well-being and self-care practices. We also offered a certificate in our Student Mental Health 101 program. This year we hope to offer more programs tailored to your needs on a variety of topics.

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Virtual Student Mental Health 101

  • Available onlyto currentYork University students.
  • This session is led by a Peer Health Educator
  • 1.5 hours in-person 

V MH 101 aims to provide students with the skills needed to recognize, respond and refer other peers with mental health concerns. The learning objectives of this session include:

  • Helping participants gain a better understanding of the type of mental health concerns that York University students face.
  • We will review statistics unique to our York student population to allow participants to better understand, normalize and empathize with complex lived experiences.
  • Creating safer online spaces for fellow classmates, colleagues and/or friends to disclose mental health concerns.  
  • Recognizing the unique ways to respond to potential distress or crisis in an online environment.
  •  Being able to recognize, respond, and refer students experiencing mental health issues and/or distress to appropriate campus resources. 
  • Providing opportunities to practice the skills needed to support students experiencing mental health issues and/or distress. 
  • Increasing understanding of the importance of your own self-care, well-being and the necessity for healthy boundaries to be an effective peer helper.  

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Past Training

Below are examples of some of the training session and workshops we have offered in the past. These sessions are not currently available due to COVID-19 restriction. We hope to offer them again soon whether in person or online.

safeTALK (unavailable during covid-19)

  • Available onlyto currentYork University students, faculty, and staff
  • 3 hours in-person

safeTALK, is a training that prepares individuals to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help to stay safe. Alert helpers know how to use these opportunities to support that desire for safety. As a safeTALK-trained suicide alert helper, you will be better able to:

  • move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid suicide;
  • identify people who have thoughts of suicide;
  • apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe) to connect a person with suicide thoughts to suicide first aid, intervention caregivers.

This in-person training will be indefinitely paused until university operations are fully functioning again. Please see up-to-date covid-19 information. 

ASIST (unavailable during covid-19)

  • Available onlyto currentYork University students, faculty, and staff
  • 2 full days in person,  8:30am - 4:30pm

*Please note: to become ASIST certified you must attend both training days.

The ASIST workshop is for caregivers who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Over one million caregivers have participated in this two-day, highly interactive, practical, practice-oriented workshop.

Participation in the full two days is required. Enjoy small group discussions and skills practice that are based upon adult learning principles. Experience powerful videos on suicide intervention. Feel challenged and safe. Learn suicide first aid.

This in-person training will be indefinitely paused until university operations are fully functioning again. Please see up-to-date covid-19 information.