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Suicide Prevention Training Courses

The Suicide Prevention Network involves more than 20 organisations. Our vision is to make Hertfordshire a county where no-one ever gets to a point where they feel suicide is their only option.

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Supporting adults

Zero suicide alliance - Online Training – 30 minutes – For everyone

In under 30 minutes, the training aims to give you the skills and confidence to help someone who may be considering suicide. This training also works towards the wider aim of breaking down the stigma surrounding suicide by encouraging open conversations about it.

ZSA Full Training (relias.co.uk)

Spot the signs - 3 hours - For anyone supporting adults

Fully funded 3-hour course for professionals, volunteers and organisations, working with adults 18+ in Hertfordshire.

Session Outline

The purpose of this session is to increase participants’ knowledge and awareness about suicide. We will explore information about which groups of people are most at risk and why, protective factors and briefly review practical strategies for identifying and responding to signs of risk in adults. You will be provided some of the latest information and statistics in regards to suicide nationally and locally in Hertfordshire.

The training will:

  • Increase awareness and knowledge about suicide
  • Explore information about which groups of people are most at risk and why
  • Make you feel more confident in spotting the signs of someone feeling suicidal
  • Introduce practical steps about what actions you may take if you notice someone is distressed

For further information or to book a private session within your organisation, please contact Danielle Flood at hpft.spotthesigns@nhs.net.

Individual bookings for our open sessions can be made via Eventbrite

Harmless - Online training (Intermediate Level) – 4 hours – For frontline staff supporting adults

The training package is an intermediate level for those who have already received basic/introductory suicide prevention training (or mental health training with a suicide prevention element). If you have not completed an introductory or basic level course do note Hertfordshire commission a range of courses, you can attend.

Suicide Intervention trainingf or frontline staff, professionals and volunteers working with those vulnerable to suicide risk in Hertfordshire

Learning outcomes:

  • Improve knowledge and understanding of suicide
  • Awareness of myths and facts surrounding suicide
  • Understand the magnitude of suicide and identify risk groups
  • Recognise risk factors and warning signs for suicide
  • Understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed risk and suicide presentation
  • Recognise the wider impact of suicide
  • Identify effective risk assessing skills
  • Build skill and confidence in responding to and supporting someone in suicidal crisis, both short and long term
  • Understand how to implement effective practical support for someone in suicide crisis
  • Recognise protective factors and their importance of recovery and support
  • Discuss how and where to signpost individuals to appropriate help.

 Visit Harmless Let's Talk Training Events on Eventbrite to book.

Mental health first aid - Online or face to face training – 1 or 2 days – For anyone supporting adults

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a training course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue.

MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.

You’ll learn to recognise warning signs of mental ill health, and develop the skills and confidence to approach and support someone while keeping yourself safe.

You’ll also learn how to empower someone to access the support they might need for recovery or successful management of symptoms. This could include self-help books or websites, accessing therapy services through their GP, their school or place of work, online self-referral, support groups, and more.

What’s more, you’ll gain an understanding of how to support positive wellbeing and tackle stigma in the world around you.

To book on a course please visit  Adult · MHFA England

OLLIE Foundation safeTALK - face to face Training – 3.5 hours – For everyone

safeTALK is a half day (3.5 hour) suicide prevention training course that can help you make a difference. Know what to do if someone’s suicidal by following the easy to remember TALK steps – Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep-safe. These practical steps offer immediate help to someone having thoughts of suicide and helps you both move forward to connect with more specialised support.

Book on a course at safeTALK Training | The OLLIE Foundation

OLLIE Foundation ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training - face to face training – 2 days – For anyone supporting adults

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two day interactive workshop in suicide first aid and more. ASIST teaches participants to recognise when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop – anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.

Since its initial development in 1983 by LivingWorks, ASIST has received regular updates to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice, and over 2,000,000 people worldwide have taken the workshop. Studies show that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings in those at risk and is a cost-effective way to help address the problem of suicide.

Book on a course at  ASIST Training | The OLLIE Foundation

Supporting children and young people

Spot the signs - Online or face to face Training – 4.5 hours – For anyone supporting children and young people

Spot the Signs – Youth Suicide Prevention Training

The purpose of this training is to increase knowledge and awareness relating to suicide in children and young people (CYP). We will explore information about which groups of young people are most at risk and why, protective factors and increase confidence in using practical strategies for identifying and responding to signs of risk in young people. We aim to provide the latest information and statistics in regards to suicide in CYP. We will also explore the effects of media and contagion on youth suicide, with the internet having an important and contemporary role.

By the end of the session, attendees will be expected to: have a broad awareness of suicide in CYP by being able to recognise statistics and risk factors, understand some of the misconceptions surrounding suicide in CYP and be aware of the impact of stigma, have increased confidence in responding to and supporting young people with suicidal thoughts, have an increased knowledge of services available in Hertfordshire to support CYP with suicidal thoughts and know where and when to signpost them to for additional support.

Target audience: Professionals working with/caring for CYP aged between 9 and 20 years old

To book on a course please visit Hertfordshire Mind Network's event.

Spot the signs - Online or face to face training – 2 hours – For anyone supporting children and young people

Introduction to Spot the Signs – Youth Suicide Prevention Overview

This training differs from the formal Spot the Signs Youth Suicide Prevention course as it is a short-format overview of the campaign focusing on prevention techniques for children and young people (CYP). By the end of the session, candidates will be expected to: have a broad awareness of suicide in relation to CYP, have an understanding of risk factors and warning signs in relation to CYP, have a basic understanding of responding to suicidal behaviours in CYP and know where and when to signpost them for additional support

Target Audience: Adults 18+ (E.g. members of the community that may come in contact with CYP as part of their profession)

To book on a course please visit Hertfordshire Mind Network's event.

Mental Health First Aid Youth Courses - Online or face to face training – 1 or 2 days – For anyone supporting children and young people

Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses are for everyone who works with, lives with or supports young people aged 8-18. They will teach you the skills and confidence to spot the signs of mental health issues in a young person, offer first aid and guide them towards the support they need. In doing so, you can speed up a young person’s recovery and stop a mental health issue from getting worse.

Our courses won't teach you to be a therapist, but we will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis - and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.

But more than that, we aim to give you the information and skills to look after your own mental health so that you can set an example for young people. By giving you the tools to have these conversations, we hope to empower you to create a mentally healthy, supportive environment in your family, school, peer group or community.

Let's create a future where mental health is treated as a normal part of life, in the same way as physical health. A future where every young person has access to support if they need it.

To book on a course please visit Youth · MHFA England

For school staff please book through hertsvalleysccg.schoolsmh@nhs.net

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