Anyone can help prevent suicide through a conversation. We have short, free, online training for you. And some simple advice too

We want to give you the skills and confidence to take steps to prevent someone's suicide. So we're offering two free training options for you here.

In addition, we have plenty of tips and advice on how to talk to and listen to someone you're concerned about.

If you work with the public in Adur and Worthing, please read this!

The Samaritans estimate that one in 20 people is thinking of suicide at any time. That means if your job involves talking to people, you could come across someone who is struggling to cope.

As the eyes and ears of our community, here’s your chance to learn how to help prevent a suicide through a caring conversation. FREE short online training is available for you, where you will learn what to look out for, and how you can respond in a way that could save a life.

You don’t need to have all the answers – just a willingness to want to help.

If you are:

  • Bartenders, waiters and hotel staff
  • Barbers and hairdressers
  • Food bank volunteers or other front line support worker
  • Charity shop volunteers
  • Parks and foreshore staff
  • Taxi drivers and bus drivers
  • Car park attendants, traffic wardens
  • Any other role working with the public

then this free, short training is for you.

Suicide prevention training options

Top tips to help someone

The important things to remember are to:

  • Be alert – Not everyone who thinks about suicide will tell someone, but there may be warning signs.
  • Be honest – Tell the person why you're worried about them, tell them you want to know how they really are.
  • Ask about suicide – Some people think that asking someone whether they are having suicidal thoughts will put the idea in their head. This is a MYTH. Evidence shows that asking the direct question actually opens the door and gives them permission to speak about it.
  • Listen – Just listening is one of the most helpful things you can do. Try not to judge or give advice. You don’t need to have the answers.
  • Get them some help – There is a range of help and useful advice available.
  • Take care of yourself – You may find it helpful to discuss your feelings with another friend, or a confidential service.

If you want more tips but aren’t able to sign up for either of our free training options (see above) click here.

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