Compassionate Foundations: Suicide prevention capability suite

This course is available anytime and is delivered by Virtual Self-Directed.

Compassionate Foundations is a foundational suicide prevention capability suite, designed to support positive human-to-human interactions that promote connection and understanding. The purpose of the suite is to help participants respond early and before a person’s experience leads them to become distressed and/or suicidal. These skills include being compassionate, being aware of the needs of people in vulnerable situations, understanding why people may become distressed and knowing how to have a helpful and safe conversation with someone who may be showing early signs of distress.


This suite contains discussion on psychological trauma and adversity, distress, suicide and self-harm. If you are feeling concerned or distressed by the information presented, please seek support and speak with your team leader, manager or human resources area. Support is also available from your agency’s Employee Assistance Program (available 24/7), or contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.

The suite is self-paced. Participants are encouraged to not schedule in heavy work activity immediately following the course and to take breaks between modules to consolidate learning and/or if emotionally impacted by the content.

The suite uses a mixture of reflective, observational and active learning strategies to assist participants to learn and apply the content in the workplace.

Completion of this module will require a stable internet connection and cookies to be enabled. The APS Academy also recommends using either Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome.


Golden wreath with the words "Winner Learn X Awards Gold 2022" in the middle





Compassionate Foundations received the Gold LearnX Award for Best eLearning Project – Widespread eLearning adopter at the 2022 LearnX Summit and Awards Show. This award focuses on an eLearning project that’s been implemented enterprise-wide to train and support talent development.

Approximately 4 hours to complete.
Event type
Australia wide
$0 per attendee