The Skills for Safer Living program is a combination of a twenty-week skills-based group and a peer support group for individuals with recurring thoughts and behaviours about suicide. The group process and content has been derived from innovative work that has developed over the last ten years at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. The Skills for Safer Living program has recently received ongoing funding from the Waterloo-Wellington Local Health Integration Network. This support form our LHIN means that the program will be offered in Kitchener, Cambridge, and Guelph. The Skills for Safer Living Group itself runs for twenty weeks and provides group participants the opportunity to develop specific strategies and skills to identify, interrupt, and change their behaviour about suicide. The maximum number of participants in each group is twelve. Group participants must be able to meet the following criteria:

  1. Individuals must have a minimum of one self reported suicide attempt
  2. Individuals must have stable housing
  3. Individuals must be connected to some type of a support in the community (Doctor, Social Worker, Therapist, Case manager, etc.)
  4. Individuals’ use of substances (street drugs, alcohol) must not impair their ability to participate in the group
  5. Individuals must be able to get to the group and be able to participate for the duration of the group (approximately 5 months)

At the conclusion of the twenty-week skills group, participants will be invited to attend an ongoing peer support group that provides participants the opportunity to practice and refresh the skills they have learned.

To learn more about the group, or if you are interested in making a referral to the Skills for Safer Living group, please contact Skills for Safer Living at:

519-570-4595 x 4063 or  1-844-264-2993 x 4063

If you have any questions about Skills for Safer Living that are not covered by the information above, please contact:

Dwight Syms, Manager, Skills for Safer Living at 519-570-4595 ext 2023.