Free Suicide Prevention Resources 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 the resources is to increase your confidence to ask about suicide, and to help you challenge stigma, raise awareness, and signpost people to support. Click the blue dropdown headings to find the resources most appropriate for you. The resources include: links to local and national support services and self-care resources suicide prevention resources resources for people bereaved or affected by suicide resources for people who feel suicidal resources for people concerned that someone else might be feeling suicidal You'll find additional free resources, to promote mental health and wellbeing here. Support if someone is feeling suicidal Click the blue dropdown heading below for details of support services. Support services & self-care Urgent helpFor details of support if someone is experiencing a mental health crisis, or feeling suicidal click here. Support for people bereaved or affected by suicideFor details of support for people bereaved or affected by suicide, click one of the blue age-related buttons above, then look under the drop down heading "organisations offering bereavement support". On the children and young people's page the heading is "Organisations which offer support when someone has died". General mental health supportFor details of more general support, click one of the blue age-related buttons above, then look under the dark heading "Information and support". Self-care and mental wellbeing resourcesFor information and resources to help with self-care, click one of the blue age-related buttons above, then look under the drop down heading, “looking after our mental wellbeing”. These pages include links to information, evidence-based resources and self-management strategies, which can help people improve their mental wellbeing. Suicide prevention resources Click the blue dropdown headings below for links to free suicide prevention resources. The resources include booklets, factsheets, guides for schools and colleges and toolkits for employers. Further down the page you'll find details of suicide bereavement resources. Stepping Up Flowchart: Identifying suicide risk and keeping people safe This local flowchart (PDF) outlines useful questions to ask, if you're concerned someone might be feeling suicidal. It guides you through possible action to take, depending on how people respond to the questions, and also lists a number of local and national crisis support services. Workplace suicide prevention infographic This infographic is very similar to the general infographic described above, however it has a particular focus on suicide prevention in the workplace, especially the construction industry. The workplace infographic outlines what to do if someone is concerned about a workmate. It also includes basic statistical information about suicide; and has details of free suicide prevention training. To download a PDF of the workplace suicide prevention infographic click here. To view the workplace mental wellbeing page, which complements the workplace infographic, click here. Free Suicide Awareness online training from Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA) ZSA Suicide Awareness Training This module covers the key issues, offers practical guidance, and takes about 20 minutes. The session aims to: help people identify when someone is displaying suicidal thoughts or behaviour build people's confidence to speak out in a supportive way empower people to signpost others to appropriate services or support ZSA Gateway ModuleThis is a very brief introduction to suicide awareness, which gives tips for approaching someone, you're concerned about. The module takes about 10 minutes to complete and is a shortened version of the 20 minute session. Accessing the training More details about these training modules can be found on the ZSA’s website. The ZSA also offers the Step Up Social Isolation Module, which focuses on building people’s resilience following the COVID-19 lockdown. If you have any queries after you’ve completed this module, then please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Mental health support and advice in WarringtonAs the Zero Suicide Alliance's training is national, it doesn’t cover details of Warrington’s mental health support services, but you can find information about how to access local support services by clicking one of the blue age-related buttons above, then looking under the dark heading "information and support". Alternatively, click I need urgent help, for details of how to get support if someone can't cope and needs help right now. Health Education England & Public Health England The free, online session "We Need to Talk About Suicide" is aimed at administrative and support staff, people working in public health or health promotion roles, and anyone who works with the public. The module was developed by Public Health England, in collaboration with people who have attempted to take their own lives and those bereaved or affected by suicide. "We Need to Talk About Suicide" aims to: reduce the stigma associated with suicide make people aware of possible signs of mental health problems increase people's confidence to approach someone they're concerned about; and to have a conversation about suicide help people understand that by asking someone how they are, talking about suicide and listening, they can make a real difference The training takes between 60 and 90 minutes to complete. Accessing the trainingThe different ways you can access this session are outlined below: Open access: The training is available to anyone through this link, however this version won't save your progress or track your learning activity. Access via e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) Hub:If you login your account on the e-LfH Hub, or if you register for an account, then a record of your learning will be saved. If you don’t have an account, then you can still complete the session, but no record will be saved. Access via ESR: If you work for an NHS Trust that uses ESR for e-learning, then you can access the session through the ESR NLMS portal. When you login to NLMS you'll need to enrol the session. If you have any queries after you’ve completed this module, then please email email@example.com. Mental health support and advice in WarringtonAs this online session is national, it doesn’t cover details of Warrington’s mental health support services, but you can find information about how to access local support services by clicking one of the blue age-related buttons above, then looking under the dark heading "information and support". Alternatively, click I need urgent help, for details of how to get support if someone can't cope and needs help right now. 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. Samaritans' website has a page on how to support someone you're worried about. This gives clear, practical guidance on how to approach a conversation with someone you’re concerned about. It also covers helping someone get support, how to be a better listener and looking after yourself. 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 have a reminder of who they can contact and what helps them cope. 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: Staying SafeThis site has several pages on safety plans. The areas covered include what a safety plan is, how to make one and examples of how safety plans can help. There are also two safety plan templates, one can be filled in online and saved as a PDF, the other needs to be downloaded and printed, before it can be completed. PAPYRUSYoung people who call PAPYRUS can create online suicide safety plans, using the digital platform HOPELINK. The safety plan is simple to set up, secure and confidential. The aim of HOPELINK’s safety plan is to help young people stay safe when they have thoughts of suicide. Once a young person has set up their safety plan, they can revisit and update it 24/7, by clicking the HOPELINK button on PAPYRUS’ homepage. PAPYRUS’ site also has a resources page, with different versions of a suicide safety plan which can be downloaded. Other downloads on PAPYRUS' site, which focus on helping young people cope, include: Details of how to create a hope box or hope book. Suggested distraction techniques. Suggestions for coping strategies. Apps for wellbeing. Samaritans’ Self-Help appSamaritans Self-Help is a web app that people can use online in their browsers, or install on a computer or smartphone. The app lets people: Keep track of their mood. Try practical techniques to help them cope. Record what makes them feel better. Create a safety plan. The Self-Help app is not monitored by Samaritans and Samaritans can't see what people write in it. Stay Alive AppThe free, Stay Alive App includes a template for a safety plan and a range of other resources to help people stay safe. More details about the app are under the drop down heading "Stay Alive App" below. Let’s Keep Talking - campaign posters The Let’s Keep Talking campaign encourages people, who may be struggling with their mental health during the pandemic, to talk to someone they trust. It also asks us to reach out to people who may be vulnerable or isolated. You can download PDFs of the campaign posters from the links below. The posters signpost people to local and national mental health support services. The Let’s Keep Talking campaign was developed by Champs, the public health collaborative for Cheshire and Merseyside. The Warrington version of the Let's Keep Talking posters can be downloaded from the links below: Healthcare poster (PDF)Young male poster (PDF)Young female poster (PDF)Workforce male poster (PDF)Workforce female poster (PDF) Older male poster 1 (PDF) Older male poster 2 (PDF) Older female poster (PDF) Mental Health at Work - various resources This site brings together a wide range of free resources relating to mental health at work. The site includes documents, guides, tips, videos, courses, podcasts, templates and information from organisations across the UK. You can search the site by subject, or for industry specific resources. Some of the resources relate to suicide prevention and suicide bereavement. Mind - information sheets The national charity Mind, provides information on a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. The areas covered include coping with suicidal feelings and supporting someone who feels suicidal. This information can be read online and downloaded free from the links below. Hard copies of the information, in the form of booklets, can be bought from the site: Supporting Someone Who Feels Suicidal Suicidal Feelings National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) - various resources The NSPA's website brings together a range of suicide prevention resources produced by different organisations. These cover: COVID-19 policy and strategy data and analysis providing individual support local suicide prevention planning at risk populations toolkits and guides The materials can be downloaded from the NSPA's resources webpages. NO MORE Suicide website - various resources This site is a suicide prevention resource aimed at organisations and the general public, in Cheshire and Merseyside. The NO MORE suicide website includes: An outline of regional and national awareness campaigns, (with links to free downloadable resources). Details of national support, for people who are feeling suicidal and for those worried that someone else may be having thoughts of suicide. Information about suicide bereavement support. Also details of how people bereaved by suicide, can get involved in the Cheshire & Merseyside Lived Experience Network. Information about the work and strategy of Cheshire and Merseyside’s NO MORE Suicide Partnership Board. PAPYRUS - various resources PAPYRUS’ work focuses on preventing young suicide. The website has a section with resources which can be downloaded. The downloads include: Templates for suicide safety plans. Details of how to create a hope box or hope book. Suggested distraction techniques. Suggestions for coping strategies. A conversation starter. Leaflets for young people and the adults supporting them. You can also download PAPYRUS' guide for schools and colleges from this page. Rethink Mental Illness - factsheet This national charity has a wide range of factsheets on different aspects of mental health. A PDF of the factsheet "Supporting someone with suicidal thoughts" can be downloaded from the site. Stay Alive App This free suicide prevention app includes details of crisis support across Cheshire and Merseyside, in addition to national services. The Stay Alive app is for anyone who feels suicidal. It's also designed to be useful to anyone concerned about someone else’s suicidal thoughts. The app includes: A safety plan. Reasons for living (which can be customised). A life box, where people can store photos and memories that are important to them. Strategies for staying safe. Tips on how people can stay grounded, when they're feeling overwhelmed. The option to create an interactive wellness plan. Details of local and national support services. You can download the Stay Alive app free, from the App Store or Google Play. More details about the app can be found on the Grassroots Suicide Prevention website. Zero Suicide Alliance - various resources In addition to free, online, suicide prevention training, the Zero Suicide Alliance's site has searchable resource pages. These pages list a wide range of suicide prevention resources (many of which are free). The areas covered include: training school programmes digital help lines, text lines and chat bots business guides university guides polices Resources for people bereaved or affected by suicide Click the blue dropdown headings below for details of suicide bereavement resources. AMPARO: support following suicide - poster AMPARO supports people bereaved or affected by suicide. You can download an A4, PDF poster, promoting AMPARO's service here. Help is at Hand - booklet This information booklet was produced by and for people who've been bereaved by suicide. The booklet covers a range of areas including inquests and investigations, bereavement and how friends and colleagues can help. You can order a free hard copy of Help is at Hand by ringing 0300 123 1002 and quoting "2901502/Help is at Hand", or you can download a PDF of the booklet. Lived Experience Network for Self-Harm and Suicide Prevention The Lived Experience Network (LEN) aims to give people with lived experience of self-harm and/or suicide, a voice. The Network brings together people with a range of experiences, to focus on work linked to Cheshire and Merseyside’s NO MORE Suicide strategy. There is a number of ways people can get involved in the Network including: reading and commenting on proposed strategy documents attending focus groups attending task groups and meetings taking part in specific workshops to influence a particular piece of work To become a member of the Network people need to complete and return a couple of forms. More details about the LEN, including a downloadable information pack, can be found on the Lived Experience Network page of the NO MORE Suicide website. Rethink Mental Illness - factsheet This charity's range of factsheets includes one which focuses on bereavement by suicide. A PDF of the factsheet "Suicide - Coping with loss" can be downloaded from the site. Samaritans’ Step by Step - various resources The Step by Step service offers support, resources and practical advice to schools and colleges where young people have been impacted by a suspected or attempted suicide. Information and guidance is available on the Step by Step webpages and from the Step by Step Team of advisors. Resources can be downloaded from the link above. Suicide Bereavement UK - various resources This site has resource pages with free downloads, to help people get support following a death by suicide. The areas covered include: Resources for people bereaved or affected by suicide and those supporting them. Resources for people developing suicide bereavement services (postvention services). Educational resources, for anyone interested in suicide bereavement support. Visit the website of Suicide Bereavement UK Support After Suicide Partnership - various resources This site brings together information about support for people bereaved, or affected by suicide. The resources section includes leaflets, booklets and support guides, focusing on suicide prevention and suicide bereavement. All the resources can be viewed online, or downloaded from the site. Bereavement support services For details of bereavement support services, rather than downloadable resources: Click one of the blue, age-related buttons above Scroll down to the dark heading “Information and support”. Then click the heading “Organisations offering bereavement support”. (On the children and young people's page the heading is "Organisations which offer support when someone has died" Some of the services listed in the bereavement support section, specialise in supporting people bereaved, or affected by suicide.