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Free online suicide prevention training

The Zero Suicide Alliance has developed a free online suicide prevention training course – suitable for everyone –  which could help you to save a life and become better prepared to help someone with suicidal thoughts.

The 20 minute training is a simple but effective video combining facts about suicide, with real stories from people whose lives have been impacted. It also provides advice on how to speak to someone with suicidal thoughts and real life scenarios to give the skills be able to deal with difficult conversations with loved ones, friends and colleagues.

  • In England, over 420,000 people in problem debt consider taking their own life each year
  • In England, more than 100,000 people in problem debt attempt suicide each year
  • In England in 2017 almost 6,000 people took their own lives

People have described how long term poverty has worn away at their resilience over time. When people become hopeless about their financial situation, not believing that a better future is possible, they become particularly vulnerable to thoughts about suicide, and suicide risk increases.

Research has found that people in problem debt are three times as likely to consider suicide as those without a debt problem. While 4% of those who are debt free think about suicide each year, this rises to one in eight (13%) among people who are or have been seriously behind on bills or credit payments over the same period.

This short 20 minute online course might help you gain a greater understanding of suicide and perhaps even save a life some day!

Take part in the training here.

The Zero Suicide Alliance is a collaborative of National Health Service trusts, businesses and individuals who are all committed to suicide prevention in the UK and beyond. The alliance is ultimately concerned with improving support for people contemplating suicide by raising awareness of and promoting free suicide prevention training which is accessible to all. The aims of this training are to:

  • enable people to identify when someone is presenting with suicidal thoughts/behaviour
  • to be able to speak out in a supportive manner
  • to empower them to signpost the individual to the correct services or support