More than a thousand staff and residents are to receive suicide prevention training as part of a strategy to reduce the number of people who take their own lives in Barnsley.

Barnsley Council has announced it will be working with the national charity PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide to deliver training to staff and residents who have contact with children, young people, and adults.

The training aims to provide suicide prevention knowledge and skills to the workforce and community to intervene early and equip them with the skills and knowledge to have supportive conversations.

The training will take place over the next three years as part of the Barnsley Suicide Prevention Project, which is working to develop better ways of preventing the loss of life to suicide.

James Parkes, PAPYRUS’s Area Manager for England North, said: “Suicide is the biggest killer of young people under the age of 35 in the UK, and we believe many suicides can be prevented.

“By offering training to a variety of professionals and residents, Barnsley Council will be spreading greater awareness, investing in lifesaving skills, and ultimately helping to save lives.

“Prevention is everybody’s business. We need to break down the stigma around suicide and equip people and communities with the skills to recognise and respond to suicidal behaviour.”

The training will range from a 90-minute tutorial to an intensive two-day course. Each course will concentrate on improving knowledge and skills to understand suicide and suicide prevention better.

Barnsley Public Health Service has commissioned the training, which will be free to attend for those living and working in Barnsley.

Cllr Wendy Cain, Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health and Communities, said: “I’m pleased to announce a significant stride in our commitment to Barnsley residents’ well-being. We recognise the importance of arming our community with the skills to address and prevent suicide. These training programs are pivotal in developing effective strategies to avert tragic loss of life.”

PAPYRUS has been delivering high-quality training since 2005 and has equipped tens of thousands of people across the UK to help create suicide-safer communities.

Whilst PAPYRUS focuses on working with people under the age of 35, the suicide prevention training it offers is beneficial to all ages.

If you would like to be booked onto a funded suicide prevention training course, you can do so by visiting:

For practical, confidential suicide prevention help and advice, please contact PAPYRUS HOPELINE247 on 0800 068 4141, text 88247 or email:

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