Is talking about suicide dangerous? 

Research indicates strongly that people become suicidal because of unbearable pain – it is not the word suicide. Evidence is clear that allowing someone to talk about their suicidal thoughts is likely to reduce the immediate risk. 

What age group can attend your programme? 

Our suicide prevention programme is suitable for anyone over the age of 16. 

What is the difference between suicide prevention and suicide intervention? 

Suicide intervention is necessary when someone is intending to hurt themselves. Suicide prevention happens earlier; helping to link someone to professional support can stop someone becoming suicidal. 

Is the programme suitable for someone who has suicidal thoughts? 

If you believe someone is at risk of suicide, please bring them to their doctor or hospital as soon as possible; do not leave them on their own. The programme will explain to participants how they can access help but is not a substitute for immediate professional support. 

Is the programme upsetting? 

The programme content is factual and delivered in a calm manner; personal disclosure is avoided wherever possible. Very occasionally a participant may become upset, due to having experienced the suicide of someone close. 

Will I be asked to introduce myself and why I am attending? 

No. Nobody is asked who they are or why they are attending the programme. Participants are not asked to have their video or mike turned on. Participants can observe and listen or they can participate more actively in the exercises; it is totally up to the participant. 

Will I be asked any direct questions? 

No, all questions are asked of the whole group and participants can answer if they wish. 

Will I be asked to participate in any role-plays? 

No – there are no role-plays in the training programme. 

Can I save someone from suicide? 

Not every suicide is preventable. However, in most cases, the risk of suicide can be reduced by linking the person with suicidal thoughts to the professional help they need. That is our role and the core of our training – identifying that someone is at risk, letting them talk and linking them to the help they need. 
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