What is it?
LifeKeepers is the 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.
Through LifeKeepers you will learn how to talk responsibly about suicide and gain an understanding of the factors that contribute to being at risk of suicide. You’ll also learn what to look for when someone may be at risk of suicide, strategies for how to have the conversation and ask about suicide, how to respond with confidence, and how to engage different services and supports to get them the help they need.
LifeKeepers will support you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to create communities of C.A.R.E. and help reduce suicide in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Who is it for?
LifeKeepers is 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, youth workers, Māori wardens, caregivers, Kaumatua, whānau members 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.