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Suicide prevention training

Online information/training - accessible to all 

Samaritans: How to support someone you're worried about - 

​If you're worried about someone who might be struggling, Samaritans have put some helpful information together on the signs to look out for (including online situations), what to do, where to get help, and looking after yourself. You can find out more here.

Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA) -

Suicide Awareness Training - gateway module: a brief (5 - 10 minutes) introduction to suicide awareness. This gives you tips on how to approach someone if you are worried they may be considering taking their own life.  This is accessible and available to anyone. 

Suicide Awareness Training - full version: a more in-depth 20 minute free online suicide awareness training which aims to give you the skills and confidence to help someone who may be considering suicide. It focuses on breaking stigma and encourages open conversations.  This is accessible and available to anyone. 

Suicide Awareness Training - veteran edition: a 30 minute online, interactive training course for veterans, their family members and friends but can be taken by anyone aged 16 and over. It includes three conversation examples: with a loved one, a colleague and a stranger. Three video stories are also shared. Two from bereaved friends, and one from a former Army Officer, who talks about his mental health struggles and how a letter from his friends stopped him taking his own life.

Suicide Awareness Training - university student edition: a 20 minute online, interactive training course for university students, their family and friends but can be taken by anyone aged 16 and over. This has been developed specifically for university students and includes information and scenarios that are related to experiences at university.

Grassroots Real Talk About Suicide: Interactive Film -

A free interactive film (15 - 10 minutes) that helps guide the viewer as they make choices to support someone with suicidal thoughts and behaviours.  

"We need to talk about suicide" eLearning training -

60-90 minute free online suicide prevention training for those who come into contact with members of the public (in any role) so that they know how to spot the signs of mental distress, and are comfortable talking about suicide.

 

Funded suicide prevention/intervention and mental health awareness training -

More in-depth training is available free of charge to those working or volunteering in the public, voluntary and community sectors, who come across members of the public.  You must be supporting people in Gloucestershire to be eligible to attend this training. 

Core training

Our Healthy Lifestyles Service (HLS) coordinates our core training offer which includes a number of the following courses: 

Mental Health Awareness 

Developed by MHFA England, this is a half day (either face-to-face or online) course which teaches a basic knowledge of some common mental health issues, stigma and how to challenge it, how to look after your own wellbeing and teaches the confidence to support someone in distress or who may be experiencing a mental health issue.  

Find out more here.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) adult 

Developed by MHFA England, this is a 2-day (either face-to-face or online) course which teaches the knowledge and skills to spot signs of people (adults) experiencing poor mental health, to help attendees be confident to start a conversation and signpost a person to appropriate support.​

Find out more here.

ASIST

 

Developed by LivingWorks, ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is a 2-day (face-to-face) courses which teaches how to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. 

Find out more here.

How to access the training:  To find out if you're eligible to attend the training, email the HLS team at: Info@HLSGlos.org) and to book on a course.  You may be referred to the Public Health team (suicideprevention@gloucestershire.gov.uk) for further information.

Additional/bespoke training

The Public Health team may arrange additional training courses, depending on local intelligence, evidence of demand or need.  In the past these courses have included:

ASIST

Developed by LivingWorks, ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is a 2-day (face-to-face) courses which teaches how to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. 

Find out more here.

Attention Seekers?

Developed by Satveer Nijjar, this bespoke 2hr online self-harm awareness course aims to reduce fear and build confidence about the often stigmatised and misunderstood topic of self-harm.

Find out more here.

Let's Talk Suicide Prevention

Developed by Harmless, this is a 1-day course (usually online and split over two sessions) which increases confidence and skills to respond to those at risk of suicide and signpost them to appropriate support.

Find out more here.

 

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) adult 

Developed by MHFA England, this is a 2-day (either face-to-face or online) course which teaches the knowledge and skills to spot signs of people (adults) experiencing poor mental health, to help attendees be confident to start a conversation and signpost a person to appropriate support.​

Find out more here.

PABBS

Developed by Suicide Bereavement UK, PABBS (Postvention: Assisting those Bereaved By Suicide) is a 1-day (face-to-face) courses which increases the knowledge, skills and confidence of those supporting people bereaved or affected by suicide so that they can appropriately respond to and care for them. 

Find out more here.

SP-EAK

Developed by PAPYRUS, this is an introduction to Suicide Prevention skills

Find out more here.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Developed by MHFA England, this is a 2-day (either face-to-face or online) course which teach the skills and confidence to spot the signs of mental health issues in a young person (those aged between 8 - 18 years), offer first aid and guide them towards the support they need. This can help speed up a young person’s recovery and stop a mental health issue from getting worse.​

Find out more here.

 

 

Click here for more information on what courses are currently available.

If you have any questions, please contact the Public Health team at suicideprevention@gloucestershire.gov.uk.

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