ʻSuicide-Safer London’ is providing training across London and the UK to raise awareness of suicide, and increase skills. Our aim is to increase caregiver knowledge, skills and conﬁdence, while challenging the stigma that can be a barrier to people at risk accessing help and keeping safe.
ʻSuicide-Safer London’ suicide prevention training framework is a key strand of Choose Life: A National Strategy and Action Plan to Prevent Suicide in Scotland, and Talk to me: The National Suicide and Self Harm Reduction Action Plan for Wales. Our programmes provide an empathic, person-centred approach, based on trust, understanding and excellent communication with participants and across groups.
At the heart of our initiative are award-winning, accredited training programmes, that aim to improve the methods used by all health, social care and emergency services professionals to support and respond to people at risk of suicide.
Our programmes are showcased, with regular public delivery thought the year, but they are also established, award-winning and evidence-based training models, that has been continuously developed over many years and are used internationally to provide suicide intervention training to professionals and community members alike.
Our programmes do more than just build awareness, because they equip front-line workers and other individuals with the skills and conﬁdence to intervene. This is not just aimed at health workers or professionals, but all those who have a role in helping others, and are in a position to act as ‘gatekeepers’ to recognise those who need help to stay safe. The focus is on immediate safety, not ﬁxing problems or trying to deliver therapeutic interventions. The skills we teach can be mastered by anyone – our business is Suicide First Aid.
Training people in ordinary ﬁrst aid and perhaps even administering CPR is a recognised everyday need – we take it for granted. However statistically we are more likely to encounter someone with thoughts of suicide than someone having a heart attack.