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Identifying and Talking about Suicide

It’s really opened up my eyes about practicalities in talking about suicide in a way in which we can help, and who we can refer a person at risk to 

Identifying and Talking about Suicide Participant

What is Identifying and Talking about Suicide? 

An accredited half-day training course that prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide, respond appropriately and effectively and connect them to support. 

What happens?

  • Discussions around knowledge of suicide
  • Exploration and understanding of invitations a person at risk of suicide may give
  • Learn clear and practical information on how to explore suicide and respond appropriately
  • Consider 'real life' scenarios
  • Conclude with an emphasis on the importance of self care 

Who should attend?
This course is aimed at professionals who come into regular contact with young people but aren't necessarily a long-term caregiver

How does Identifying and Talking about Suicide help prevent suicide?
The majority of young people experiencing thoughts of suicide show or give signs which ‘invite’ those around them to explore whether they may be thinking about suicide. Participants will learn what these ‘invitations’ look like, how to respond to them and how to work with that person to keep them suicide-safe – including, where necessary, which supports or organisations to signpost onto.

After training, participants will:

  • Have a greater awareness of the prevalence of suicide on a local and national level
  • Be more aware of what invitations to look out for
  • Have a greater understanding of the reasons why a person may have thoughts of suicide
  • Have the skills and confidence to explore suicide appropriately when identifying invitations
  • Understand what sources of support are available both internally and externally to their organisation

Here is some of the feedback we have received from recent participants:

92% rated the course 8 or more out of 10; 93% said that they would highly recommend the course to others.

Following the course, 92% said that they felt able to recognise when a young person is at risk of suicide, and 93% said that they felt able to help a person at risk of suicide

“It has reviewed and supported my understanding and ability to assess a young person who may be at risk of suicide and the ability to form a safe plan. It is good to know that PAPYRUS can be accessed by professionals for advice”

“It’s increased my confidence in talking to young people who feel suicidal, providing them with and signposting to further support… it’s nice to know that the support line is there for families and professionals too if they are concerned about a young person.”


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Suicide is the biggest killer of young people - male and female - under 35 in the UK. Many thousands more attempt or contemplate suicide, harm themselves or suffer alone, afraid to speak openly about how they are feeling.

We are the national charity for the prevention of young suicide. We draw from the experience of many who have been touched personally by young suicide across the UK and speak on their behalf in our campaigns and in our work. We need more people who share our aims to join us to strengthen our voice - together we can save young lives.

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