About Start the Conversation
Hi, I'm Rose, the face behind Start the Conversation. I'm a qualified counsellor, mum of one, keen yogi and singer (amongst other things!) and also a passionate, experienced and international tutor of suicide prevention skills:
Co-creator of Talking about Suicide: Ten Tools (TAS10), a 90-minute Zoom session
Accredited tutor of SFA USI: Suicide First Aid through Understanding Suicide Intervention, the UK's only National Qualification in suicide prevention (City & Guilds Level 4)
A consultant tutor for the National Centre for Suicide Prevention Training UK CIC
A LivingWorks master trainer, having delivered over 35 ASIST programme across both hemispheres
I actively promote and deliver suicide prevention skills training within our communities because we are all human beings and because suicide doesn't discriminate. I have trained GPs, teachers, parents, counsellors, students, youth workers, managers, police officers, veterans, firefighters.
I value collaboration often in partnership or collaborations, I strive to share this education to more people, regardless of their professional background, across the South East and beyond.
I am passionate about empowering people to overcome their fears and find the words to talk about suicide, because I believe... I know... that talking saves lives. It saved mine. And not just talking, listening too. A conversation; a brave, bold and necessary conversation.
I believe we are all capable of learning how to prevent suicide, by gaining the confidence to talk about suicide in a conversation that, maybe one day, could save a life.
Partners and Fellow Trainers
No person is an island! Below are just some of the individuals I am proud to work alongside - all exceptional trainers consistently delivering high-quality, engaging training experiences, and each experts in their field, with proven achievements and success in Mental Health, Further Education, Local Authority, Human Resources, Coaching and more.
Whether partners, collaborators, fellow trainers and team-mates, we actively encourage one another's professional and personal growth, and recognise that together, we are worth more than the sum of our parts. To enquire about joining our team, contact us.
Alison is Suicide First Aid Associate Tutor specialising in suicide prevention training.
Andrea is Suicide First Aid Associate Tutor specialising in suicide prevention training.