Vision, Mission, Values
Our Vision: Living Works: A life-affirming, suicide-safer world.
Our Mission: Saving Lives through the creation, development, and delivery of innovative training experiences that empower organizations, communities, and individuals to be safer from suicide.
At LivingWorks, our core beliefs hold that suicide is preventable, and that prevention starts in the community. Everyone has a part to play, and research has shown that virtually anyone can learn the skills to become a suicide intervention caregiver. Some participants in our workshops are highly trained mental health professionals, while others have little or no previous experience in preventing suicide—but all of them learn the skills to save a life.
Saving lives from suicide in this way is possible because most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with overwhelming pain in their lives. While it may not be possible to prevent all suicides, we know that most people with suicide in mind would choose life and try to work through their difficulties if only they could get help from someone with the right knowledge and skills. We believe that by teaching these skills to as many people as possible, we can help the world become safer from suicide, one community at a time, one intervention at a time.
How we help
As a social enterprise, our primary mission is directed to saving lives. LivingWorks collaborates with public and private organizations to empower communities with life-saving skills. In addition, we provide support by training local trainers, ensuring an international standard of excellence, helping to develop effective strategies, and offering resources and workshop materials. Sustainability is very important to us: we provide dependable, long-term assistance that helps communities build suicide-safety skills for many years to come.
Designed and guided by an expert leadership team with knowledge in education, nursing, psychology, social work, and spiritual perspectives, our programs represent the world standard in suicide intervention training and include customizable elements that can be tailored to each community’s needs. All LivingWorks programs undergo extensive design and development, as well as regular updates to reflect the latest evidence and best practice knowledge about suicide prevention.
We save—and change—lives
Behind every life, there is a story to tell. The vast majority of participants describe our training as among the best they’ve attended, and many claim it’s changed their lives—both personally and professionally. Many participants carry out helpful interventions, sometimes immediately after training. To experience the impact of our programs, read or watch some of our stories.
Our core values
Our core values define who we are. When you get involved with LivingWorks, you can expect to see these values reflected in our programs, our philosophy, and our relationship with you and your community.
Integrity: We strive for integrity and respect in our relationships with others.
Collaboration: We work together appreciating that collaboration pools wisdom.
Excellence: We are committed to excellence and innovation in the design, development, and delivery of the highest quality programs.
Support: Listening and responding thoughtfully is inherent in all that we do.
Passion: We are passionate about helping others save lives. Their success is our success.
Balance: We prize productive work as well as time for play and self-care.
Growth: We are dedicated to sustainability and growth, recognizing that this stewardship will enable us to fulfill our mission.
Responsibility: We encourage community development by supporting local sustainability and eco-friendly processes.
The partnership that was to become LivingWorks began in Calgary, Alberta, in 1983. The ensuing years have brought our vision and training programs to places and organizations across the globe. We continue to look to our history and founders for inspiration as we strive to help people build suicide-safer communities.