We all deserve to enjoy life and feel good about ourselves. Sometimes however life can be tough. Whether you’re feeling great and want to stay that way, you’re a bit fed up; or you’re struggling to manage your feelings, this site has links to information and tips ranging from how to boost your mood, to where to get help if you’re unable to cope. The site has been developed for people living in Warrington, so some of the services are for local people only. The words indicate which services are aimed at Warrington residents. Many of the links are for national sites however, so the information will be relevant wherever in England you live. So that it's easier for you to find what you're looking for, we've divided the site into different sections.Click the blue buttons above to find information that's right for you. If you need help right now, click "I need urgent help" above. World Suicide Prevention Day 2018 Monday 10 September 2018 was World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD). This year’s theme “working together to prevent suicide” encouraged us all to play a part and make a difference. It emphasised that suicide is often preventable and that by listening, challenging stigma, educating ourselves and working together, we can all help to save lives. You can find out more about the campaign day from the website of the International Association for Suicide Prevention. Talking about suicide Research tells us that if we’re concerned someone might be feeling suicidal, then it’s important to ask them about suicide. This can be difficult, so listed below are links to free suicide prevention training and resources. The aim of these is to increase your confidence to ask about suicide, and to help you challenge stigma, raise awareness, and signpost people to support. An information sheet which includes details of many of the resources below can be downloaded as a PDF here. Free suicide prevention training sessions Basic Suicide Prevention training – taught, 3.5 hours A free half-day Basic Suicide Prevention session, is offered by Warrington Borough Council’s Public Health Team. This is open to frontline staff and volunteers, who work for not-for-profit organisations in Warrington. For more details about the training, including dates it’ll be delivered and how to book a place, visit the Public Health Training pages. We’d encourage anyone who is interested in suicide prevention training, to attend the taught session, if they're eligible. We recognize however, that this might not be possible for everyone. If you are not able to attend the taught session, you might be interested in the free online suicide prevention training outlined below. Let’s Talk – online suicide prevention training, 20 minutes The Zero Suicide Alliance offers a free, online, suicide prevention training session. The online training is open to everyone, covers the key issues, offers practical guidance and takes about 20 minutes. As this training session is national, it doesn’t cover support services in Warrington, but you can find details of how to access local support by clicking one of the blue age related buttons above, scrolling down to the “Information and support” heading, then clicking the dropdown heading “Information about local and national services and support”. Free resources to download Anti-stigma resources It's thought that the stigma around mental health problems and suicide, is one of the reasons why people are often reluctant to talk about how they are feeling and to seek help. Because of this, suicide prevention work often focuses on challenging and reducing stigma. The campaigns below both offer free resources which can be used to increase people's understanding of mental health problems and to challenge stigma and discrimination. Time to ChangeTime to Change, the national mental health anti-stigma campaign, offers a wide range of downloadable resources, some can even be customized for your own event. The range of resources includes, anti-stigma materials for schools and workplaces, as well as posters, screen savers, postcards, bunting, email signatures and social media images. Stamp Out StigmaThis campaign aims to put an end to stigma relating to mental health problems and learning disabilities. Stamp Out Stigma's work focuses on a number of key areas: Enabling people, with lived experience of mental health stigma, to share their stories. Myth-busting common misconceptions about mental health conditions. Helping schools to raise awareness of mental health and learning disability stigma. On the schools’ resources page you can download lesson plans for primary schools and secondary schools. The Stamp Out Stigma campaign is run by North West Borough's Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Booklets, factsheets & support guides - suicide prevention & bereavement Suicide preventionBelow are details of resources relating to suicide prevention. Further down the page you'll find links to resources focusing on suicide bereavement. Connecting With People Connecting with People has developed three booklets, in partnership with the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The aim of the booklets is to help people stay safe and cope. The booklets listed below can be downloaded from this page. Feeling on the edge: helping you through it for people at A&E due to self-harm or suicidal thoughts Feeling overwhelmed: helping you stay safe for anyone who’s struggling to cope U Can Cope to help young people develop the ability to cope Mind The national charity Mind, provides information on a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. Two of the booklets, relate to suicide. These booklets can be downloaded, using the links below: Supporting Someone Who Feels Suicidal Suicidal Feelings National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA)The NSPA's website brings together a range of suicide prevention resources produced by different organisations. These cover suicide prevention and bereavement support, who is affected, how people can be helped, current government policy and good practice guidance. The materials can be downloaded from the NSPA's resources webpages. Rethink Mental IllnessThe national mental health charity Rethink Mental Illness, has produced a wide range of factsheets on different aspects of mental health. The factsheet "Suicidal thoughts - how to support someone" can be downloaded from the site's resources pages. Zero Suicide Alliance In addition to the free, online, suicide prevention training session, the Zero Suicide Alliance also offers a range of free resources for print, or social media. These include posters, social media images and email signatures. The two booklets below and the other resources, can be downloaded from this page: Are you having suicidal thoughts Talking to someone who might be suicidal Suicide bereavementThe downloadable resources outlined below, focus on support for people bereaved or affected by suicide. Rethink Mental IllnessThis charity's range of factsheets includes "Suicide - coping with loss". This factsheet can be downloaded from the resources section on the site. Samaritans’ Step by StepThe Step by Step service offers support, resources and practical advice to schools and colleges where young people have been impacted by an attempted or suspected suicide. Information and guidance is available on the Step by Step webpages and from the Step by Step Team of advisors. There are separate webpages and leaflets for teachers, parents/carers and young people, as the information and advice is tailored to the needs of each group. The resources below can be downloaded from the site by clicking the links, alternatively they can be provided by the Step by Step Team. Step by Step Information for Students – PDF leaflet Step by Step Information for Staff – PDF leaflet Step by Step Information for Parents and Carers - PDF leaflet Help When we Needed it Most - How to prepare for and respond to a suspected suicide in schools and colleges - PDF Support After Suicide PartnershipThis site brings together a range of resources for people who have been bereaved or affected by suicide. Two of the resources are the support guides below. Both booklets can be downloaded from the Partnership's website. Free hard copies of Help is at Hand can also be ordered from the site. Help is at Hand: support after someone may have died by suicide Finding the Words: how to support someone who has been bereaved and affected by suicide For details of additional support for bereaved people: Click the blue button “adults click here” near the top of this page. Scroll down to the dark heading “Information and support”. Then click the heading “Organisations offering bereavement support”. Some of the services listed in this section specialise in supporting people bereaved by suicide. How to start that difficult conversation If you’re concerned that someone isn’t coping and might be feeling suicidal, it’s important to discuss your concerns with them, and to ask direct questions. People can be reluctant to raise the issue of suicide with someone they're worried about, due to concerns they might make things worse. Samaritans' website has a page on how to start a difficult conversation. This gives clear practical guidance on how to approach a conversation with someone you’re concerned about. It suggests questions you might ask and things you might do. On Samaritans' site there's also a page on active listening. This gives ideas for how to keep a difficult conversation going, and how to help people talk about their feelings. SHUSH Listening tips Samaritans has developed a guide to help people become better listeners. The SUSH Listening tips sum up five important things to do when listening to someone who’s distressed. The tips can be downloaded in a format designed for a mobile, or a full version can be downloaded as a PDF. SUSH stands for: Show you care Use open questions Have patience Say it back Have courage Conversation starter The resources offered on PAPYRUS’ site include a “conversation starter” which can be downloaded. This guides people through how to start a conversation about suicide, and outlines useful questions to ask. Keep Safe Plans Some people find it helpful to write a keep safe plan, so that if they feel suicidal, they know who they can contact and what could help them to cope. The idea is that an individual writes the plan when they’re feeling well, so they have a personal strategy for coping, if they feel suicidal. A Keep Safe Plan doesn’t need to be complicated. It might just include: Numbers the person can ring Services the person can contact Distraction techniques and coping strategies that have worked for them in the past Other ways they might keep themselves safe and avoid acting on suicidal thoughts Each of the links below has a slightly different template for a Keep Safe Plan: Connecting with PeopleOne of the booklets on this site includes a Keep Safe Plan. The booklet, “Feeling overwhelmed: helping you stay safe” can be downloaded from this page. Live Life WellThis site has a Keep Safe Plan which can be downloaded. There’s also an example of a completed plan on the site. PAPYRUSPAPYRUS’ site has a resources page, with a safety plan which can be downloaded, along with an explanation of how to complete it. Other downloads on this site, which focus on helping people cope, include how to create a hope box and suggested distraction techniques. Resources for young people In this section you’ll find links to a range of suicide prevention resources for young people. They include downloadable information booklets, teaching materials and resources to help young people stay safe. Anti-stigma resources for young peopleBoth the Time to Change and Stamp Out Stigma campaigns have produced anti-stigma resources for schools and young people. These can be downloaded free. More details are under the "anti-stigma resources" dropdown heading above. DEAL (Developing Emotional Awareness and Listening) - teaching resourceDEAL is a free web based teaching resource, for young people (aged 14 and over). The DEAL materials aim to help young people develop resilience, coping strategies and communication skills. The resource was developed by Samaritans in consultation with young people and schools. DEAL’s lesson plans, activities, hand-outs, digital resources, teachers’ notes and staff training materials can all be downloaded free from Samaritans' website. PAPYRUS PAPYRUS’ work focuses on preventing young suicide. The website has a section with resources which can be downloaded. The downloads include: a safety plan, details of how to create a hope box, suggested distraction techniques and tips on how to start a conversation about suicide. Step by Step Samaritans' Step by Step service offers support, resources and practical advice to schools and colleges where young people have been impacted by an attempted or suspected suicide. More details are under the "booklets, factsheets & support guides - suicide prevention & bereavement" dropdown heading above. U Can Cope - booklet for young peopleConnecting with People and the Royal College of Psychiatrists have produced a booklet to help young people develop the ability to cope. The booklet can be downloaded from this page. “What is Emotional Health?” - booklet for young people This booklet can be downloaded from Samaritans' site. The booklet covers, how to help yourself, signs you might be struggling to cope, not knowing how you are feeling, where to get help and how to help a friend. Click the link to download a PDF file of the booklet “What is Emotional Health?” Free Happy? OK? Sad? materialsFlyers, leaflets, posters and bookmarks signposting people to this site are available free, for distribution in Warrington. If you would like to order some for the people you support, or to give to colleagues in your organisation, then please download, complete and return this order form.