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. The resources outlined below include: links to local and national support services and self-care resources free training a local flowchart and infographics the Zero Suicide Alliance's resource pages anti-stigma materials how to start a difficult conversation Keep safe plans suicide prevention resources suicide bereavement resources the Stay Alive app Additional free resources, to promote mental health and wellbeing, can be found here. Posting on social mediaIf you'd like to promote suicide prevention online, you can download suggested social media posts, as a Word document, here. Support services & self-care Urgent helpFor details of support if someone is experiencing a mental health crisis, or feeling suicidal click here. Suicide bereavement supportFor details of suicide bereavement support, 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. NSPA resourcesThe National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) has webpages with details of guides, support and activities to promote self-care and suicide prevention. Free suicide prevention training Warrington’s Public Health Team isn't able to deliver face to face training currently, because of COVID-19. There are however national organisations offering free e-learning sessions on suicide prevention. Details are below: 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. The Zero Suicide Alliance is a collaborative of NHS Trusts, businesses and individuals committed to suicide prevention. If you have any queries after you’ve completed this module, then please email email@example.com. 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 the session "We Need to Talk About Suicide", 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. Zero Suicide Alliance's resource pages 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 Free resources to download Flowchart and infographics Stepping Up Flowchart, identifying suicide risk and keeping people safe This flowchart was developed by Warrington’s Public Health Team, for front line workers in Warrington. The flowchart guides people through possible questions to ask, if they’re concerned someone might be feeling suicidal. It also includes an explanation of the key routes into local mental health support services. The aims of the flowchart are to help identify when people might need intensive mental health support. Also to help people stay safe by raising awareness of both local and national support services. To download a PDF of the flowchart click here. General suicide prevention infographic The purpose of this resource is to enable people to feel more confident, about helping someone who is suicidal, get the support they need. The infographic, which was developed by Warrington’s Public Health Team: Encourages people to ask, if they’re concerned someone might be feeling suicidal. Includes an explanation of the key routes into local mental health support services. Has details of free suicide prevention training. Provides some basic statistical information about suicide. To download a PDF of the general suicide prevention infographic click here. 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. 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 talking and on challenging and reducing stigma. Time to ChangeTime to Change is a social movement which encourages us all to talk more openly about mental health. The aim of the movement is to change negative attitudes and behaviours towards people experiencing mental health problems. The Time to Change website offers a wide range of free downloadable resources, which can be used to increase people's understanding of mental health problems and to challenge stigma and discrimination. 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. Some of the Time to Change materials can be customized for your own event. In Your Corner The In Your Corner campaign encourages men and young people to look out for their mates; and to be more supportive of people experiencing mental health problems. The aims of the campaign are to break down stigma in relation to mental health problems and to encourage men and young people to seek support if they need it. Details of this local mental health campaign and suggested social media posts, to promote it, can be found here. 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 application 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. Suicide prevention resources Outlined below are details of sites which have free resources relating to suicide prevention. The resources include booklets, factsheets, guides for schools and colleges and toolkits for employers. Under the next drop down heading you'll find links to resources focusing on suicide bereavement. Mental Health at WorkThis 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 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 these booklets can also be bought from the site: 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: 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. PAPYRUS 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 IllnessThis national charity has produced 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. Suicide bereavement resources The downloadable resources on the sites outlined below, focus on support for people bereaved, or affected by suicide. The resources include booklets, factsheets, guides for schools and colleges and toolkits for employers. 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 here specialise in supporting people bereaved by suicide. AMPARO: support following suicideAMPARO supports people bereaved or affected by suicide. You can download an A4, PDF poster, promoting AMPARO's service here. Help is at HandThis 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. Rethink Mental IllnessThis 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 StepThe 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. Support After Suicide PartnershipThis 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. 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.