Could you spot the signs in someone contemplating suicide? Even if you could, how confident would you be to intervene?

Read on to find out how YOU could prevent a tragic death by suicide, and it’ll only take you 20-30 minutes!

Last week I proudly represented our Centre and the Combined Authority’s Thrive West Midlands programme at the launch of the UK Zero Suicide Alliance, part of a global movement to prevent suicide. The UK collaboration, led by Mersey Care NHS FT and the MindEd Trust, is providing free online training for individuals to provide them with skills to identify, manage and signpost those contemplating suicide. The Alliance has cross-government and NHSE support and believes all suicides are preventable.

The Zero Suicide Alliance launch was covered by BBC news.

I know how busy we all are, but I would urge as many colleagues as possible to spend 20-30 minutes to undertake the training, which provides the essential life-skills required to spot and manage risk and signpost to appropriate support.

I would also urge you to cascade this information to anyone you feel may benefit from the training.

For more information about the Zero Suicide Alliance and access to the online training, click on the link here.

 

 

Saffi Price, Deputy Chief Executive, WVSC.

 

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