In response to Covid-19, we have worked hard and fast, in partnership with charity Olly's Future, to transfer our training online.
The result is a safe and sensitive live 90-minute session, Talking about Suicide: Ten Tools. Feedback has already been overwhelmingly positive.
Unique lockdown-based example conversation
Learn 10 practical tools to give you confidence to help someone you are worried about, who might be thinking of suicide. These are skills that can save a life.
Created and delivered by experienced specialists
Open to everyone: no prior training needed
- Pay what you can: all profits to Olly's Future
We are also offering closed / bespoke sessions for your team or organisation: contact us to discuss availability and costs.
Why is this training needed?
This training is especially relevant and important right now because of the current necessary isolation we are living in - and the impact (impossible to predict) of this on our collective and individual mental health. It is also more difficult to spot people who may be struggling if we are not seeing them face-to-face.
Talking about suicide is the best form of prevention, but fears can get in the way of us starting a conversation:
"What if I say the wrong thing?"
"What if I make things worse?"
"What if I put the idea in their head?"
The current situation has done nothing to alleviate these fears ,and arguably it has heightened them.
And yet we need to be able to put these misconceptions aside and talk about suicide because:
Around 1 in 20 people are thinking of suicide at any time. (Samaritans)
72% of people who died by suicide had no contact with a health professional in the year before their death. (Mental Health Foundation)
The emotional impact on those left behind - people bereaved by suicide are 65% more likely to attempt suicide themselves than if their loved on died by natural causes. (SASP 2019)
Open Training - for anyone
Having delivered this training weekly throughout lockdown, we are now delivering it monthly, for FREE, on the first Tuesday of every month.
These sessions are open to any member of the public who wants to gain 10 tools and the confidence to start a conversation with someone they are worried about. Donations are appreciated
Please note: we can accept a maximum of two people from each organisation on open sessions.
Closed Training - for organisations
Responses to our online training has been so overwhelming that we are now offering closed sessions to organisations who request private training for their teams.
The beauty of these sessions is that, with some careful consultation, they can be easily and meaningfully tailored to make them relevant and relatable to your specific organisation and staff needs.
Some Feedback so far...
"Keep doing what you are doing, you are saving lives!" - Secondary School Pastoral Support Manager
"I have undertaken many courses and this style, medium and content really struck a chord. In fact I sobbed after in relief, thank you." - Volunteer
"I thought this was brilliant and practical advice to take forward." - Anonymous
"One of the best training sessions I have had the pleasure of attending." - Anonymous