Suicide intervention skills

In-house course

Increase confidence in engaging with individuals who have thoughts of suicide to promote and plan for their safety.

This is a 1 day in-house course (we come to you).

Drawing on evidenced based suicide intervention strategies, this course provides space to talk about suicide and develop suicide safe responses.

Consider suicide risk factors, practice suicide intervention skills, and identify approaches and resources to support individuals to make plans to stay safe.

    This training is available for individual staff members on our open programme in Bristol (you come to us) and as a ½ day in-house course (we come to you).

    Also currently available (online for individuals) and (online for teams).

    Course aims

    To increase confidence in engaging with individuals who have thoughts of suicide and understand how to plan for safety

    Course objectives

    By the end of the course participants will have had opportunities to:

    • Explore experiences and attitudes about suicide and the implications for suicide safe interventions
    • Increase confidence in engaging with individuals about suicide
    • Consider suicide risk and how to respond, drawing on evidenced based suicide first response strategies
    • Practice evidenced based intervention skills including developing individual plans to stay safe
    • Recognise the importance of self-care when supporting a person who has thoughts of suicide

    Venue info:

    In-house courses (we come to you)

    We would ask you to arrange a suitable venue and refreshments for the training. Contact us for more information.

    Trainer: Suzanne Pearson

    "Practical skills, especially thinking of actual wording to be used in a suicide intervention conversation. Excellent emotional sensitivity and respect of individuals personal experiences. Perfect knowledge and skills balance. Trainer has incredible awareness of the mood in the room and responds to this appropriately."

    Mental health recovery worker, Rethink, March 2019

    "Very interesting day. Good range of topics and a sensitive trainer. Was quite different to discuss suicide for a long period of time rather than odd references throughout the working day."

    Course participant, Rethink, March 2019

    "Having a framework of how to behave in times when a resident is considering suicide. Great course, learnt a lot. Good use of examples & anecdotes."

    "Learning a structure to suicide intervention. Gaining confidence to talk about it. The role play was very useful. Very satisfied."

    "To understand how to approach difficult suicidal thoughts. Very well presented. All of the course was useful to me."