Suicide Awareness Training

16th August 2017

Suicide Awareness Training Project East Midlands

Rural Action Derbyshire has been delivering Suicide Awareness Training seminars throughout Derbyshire since 2009 and has trained over 1000 people. Throughout the government's National Suicide Prevention Strategy (launched in 2012) there is an emphasis on the importance of training: in support of this and due to the on-going demand for our seminars, we are pleased to be in a position where we are able to continue providing this valuable training.

Why do we need Suicide Awareness Training?

Did you know that many people contemplate suicide at some point in their lives?
In England "4,200 people took their own lives in 2010" (Source: 'Preventing Suicide in England: A cross-government outcomes strategy to save lives', September 2012)
Men are 3 times as likely to take their own lives as women.
People most at risk of taking their own life include: those who suffer with mental illness, people who live with chronic pain, people aged 35-49 have a high suicide rate, alcohol and drug misuse.
For many people, it is a combination of events rather than a single factor that make a person vulnerable to suicide, including debt, unemployment, isolation, bereavement, relationship breakdown, imprisonment and homelessness.

Suicide Awareness Training (SAT)
SAT aims to help reduce suicide in line with the Suicide Prevention Strategy (launched on 10th September 2012)

What will the training will cover?

Who is SAT training for?

SAT training is open to everyone. To date we have trained; frontline workers, healthcare assistants, mental health workers, family resource and support workers, project officers, support workers, housing staff, children centre workers, volunteers, school and college staff, police, social workers, diocese, students, probation and youth offending staff, foster carers, job centre staff and the general public.

Is SAT training for you?

If the answer is 'yes' then Suicide Awareness Training is for you.

There are two ways the training can be accessed. We can come to you and deliver a half-day seminar for your staff, but there is a cost associated with this. Included in the price is:

Resource packs containing information on; sources of information and support, a Mind booklet entitled 'How to Support Someone who Feels Suicidal', details of local IAPT Services (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) and Rethink's Derbyshire Focusline.

Alternatively, we are funded by Public Health at Derbyshire County Council to deliver free seminars throughout Derbyshire. These seminars are available to those who live or work in Derbyshire, although places on these seminars are restricted to 3 from any one organisation. Click here to go to the Eventbrite website to see course dates and locations and make a booking. The next training is on Friday 20th October 2017 at Swadlincote. More details here.

For more information contact: 01629 592977 / 07710 094700    Email:

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