Unfortunately, there are very few trainings out there which deal with suicide – so this is one of the things TASC is working to change. However, the ones we know about and trust are listed below:
Connecting with People is a not-for-profit organisation formed to develop and deliver training packages for a range of sectors, including healthcare, social care, statutory bodies and communities.Our modular training includes bite-size suicide awareness and prevention courses and we have also developed resources and training for young people, professionals and the wider community.
The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust currently funds regional Waller Trainers and Associates to deliver free depression awareness training in England and Scotland. They develop and distribute free printed resources eg posters, booklets, palm cards. They also fund training of psychological therapists at the Charlie Waller Institute, University of Reading. Their aim is to deliver appropriate training to as many organisations and groups as possible. These include: primary care (GPs and their staff), employers and line managers, prisons, housing Associations, universities and colleges of further education, schools – both primary and secondary, staff and pupils and youth groups. To find out more information call 01635 869754 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Living Works is a North American organisation with a global reach. Their primary focus is improving helper competencies to intervene with persons at risk of suicide – they describe themselves as the suicide-intervention training company. They believe suicide is best viewed broadly as an issue for the entire community. For more information about upcoming UK training days see their Find A Training page.
The University of Oxford’s Suicide Research Centre has recently created very useful clinical guidelines on the assesment of suicide risk in people with depression. The website containing this information can be found here and the pdf can be found here.