Keep safe and find hope: a role for parents in suicide prevention

– Thursday 14 September 2023

Suicide doesn’t have to feel like a scary word. The right skills can help you prepare for conversations if or when they come up with the young people in your life.

In this webinar you’ll hear about what suicide prevention initiatives are underway to support schools & families, led by youth mental health experts batyr Australia, alongside LivingWorks Australia. The webinar is designed for parents and carers of young people in primary and secondary school.

This webinar is a chance to learn about

  • what impacts we’re currently seeing in youth mental health and suicide, but
  • what strategies are available to support parents and those with young people in their lives
  • what are the right skills you can develop to prepare for conversations when they come up

LivingWorks is currently rolling out the largest suicide prevention skills training project of its kind for parents, teachers and entire communities – all free to access thanks to funding from NSW Health.

If the content being discussed is raising concerns for you or a loved one, help is always close by. Reach out 24/7 to Lifeline 13 11 14, 13 YARN 13 92 76 or Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800

Shayne Connell

CEO, LivingWorks Australia

Shayne Connell is a father of three girls who attend school in the Lake Macquarie area. Shayne is CEO of LivingWorks Australia where he is also a training expert with over 20 years experience in LivingWorks ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training). Shayne also has lived experience thought bereavement, and has been instrumental in the early inception of programs for schools, LGTBIQA and Indigenous communities.

Shayne believes it takes a village to keep someone safe from suicide, which is why he is passionate about educating all Australians in their suicide prevention role and providing them with life-changing skills to support those around them.

Bryony Tucker

COO, batyr

Bryony Tucker is the Chief Operating Officer at batyr, a preventative youth mental health organisation. batyr’s mission is to create a world where young people can lead mentally healthy and fulfilling lives. batyr is focused on preventing mental health issues, reducing stigma, and providing essential tools and resources to young people. Our approach centres on peer-to-peer programs conducted in schools, universities, workplaces, and communities, all facilitated by trained young individuals. Storytelling is at the heart of what we do.

Collaborations like the one with LivingWorks is a further commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of youth.

To learn more about batyr’s initiatives, you can visit their website at