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)
We are delivering our 90-minute session every Wednesday
throughout June, July and August 2020.
These sessions are open to anyone who wants to learn more, and are run by donation - please pay what you can afford (suggested minimum donation £20).
Please note: we can accept a maximum of two people from each organisation on our open sessions.
Our open sessions are proving so popular, many organisations are now requesting private training sessions for their teams. Closed sessions can be tailored so they are relevant to your specific organisation and staff needs.
The costs are as follows:
£500 for up to 50 people (£10 per head)
£250 for up to 16 people (£15.60 per head)
The organisation takes full responsibility for any potential safeguarding follow-ups that may arise, and also identifies two staff members to support our trainer during the session; one of these should ideally be trained in ASIST, MHFA or equivalent, and be available to support their colleagues if necessary in the days following the training.
Contact us to book a closed session for your group.
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