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Basic Suicide Prevention


This session is aimed at workers who want a basic understanding of suicide and to feel more confident about discussing the issue with the people they support. The purpose of the training is to:
  • enable people to recognise when someone might feel suicidal
  • increase people’s confidence to raise the issue of suicide with people they’re concerned about
  • increase people’s knowledge of support services


The training is three and a half hours long and covers:
  • what can make people vulnerable to suicide
  • warning signs to look out for
  • how to ask people whether they’re thinking about suicide
  • protective factors
  • recognising risk
  • getting help and support

The session involves a PowerPoint presentation, large group discussion, small group work and exercises in pairs. Handouts are provided after the training in electronic format. The session concentrates on adults (rather than children and young people).

This isn’t a therapeutic session, it’s a practical, structured training session, which offers techniques and information to enable people to feel more confident to intervene, if they think someone is suicidal.
We know that at times people can find suicide prevention training difficult because of personal experiences. The training might stir up difficult feelings for some people, so we ask people to consider this and to choose a time to attend when they feel able to manage any difficult feelings that may arise for them.

Information about support for people who feel suicidal, or who have been bereaved by suicide can be found on www.happyoksad.org.uk


After the session we anticipate people will:
  • be able to identify signs that might suggest someone is thinking about suicide
  • be able to recognise risk and identify key risk factors
  • have increased confidence to ask direct questions about suicide
  • be able to list key support services for people who feel suicidal

Free online suicide prevention training:
We encourage anyone interested in suicide prevention training to attend the taught session, but realise this might not be possible for everyone. The Zero Suicide Alliance offers a more basic suicide prevention session online. This online training covers the key issues, offers practical guidance and takes about 20 minutes. As the online session is national, it doesn’t include details of Warrington’s mental health support services, but you can find information about local services at www.happyoksad.org.uk

Booking Information

This training sessions is free if you meet the audience criteria but there’s a charge for non-attendance, so if you book onto a session and then don’t turn up, your organisation will be charged. There will also be a charge if you are unable to attend and you cancel your place less than 7 days before the date of the training.
If you attend the training and you are not eligible to attend, then your organisation will be charged.

For full details of our Cancellation/Non-attendance/Charging Policy please read and download the attachment..


This training is for frontline workers and volunteers from not-for-profit organisations that support Warrington residents

16 Oct 2019 09:30 - 13:00

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Public Health Team
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Date and Time

16 Oct 2019 09:30 - 13:00


St Werburghs Development Centre, Boswell Avenue, Warrington, WA4 6DQ


Caroline Jenkins
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