Training & Events

FREE Online Conference for WSPD 2020

Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Suicide Audit & Prevention Group (SAPG) and Start a Conversation – Suicide is Preventable would like to invite you all to attend the series of events scheduled for week-commencing Monday 7th September to coincide with the promotions on World Suicide Prevention Day 2020: "Working together to prevent suicide".

The focus of the week-long schedule of events is on WSPD, Thursday 10th September, where a live conference will take place. The conference will include keynote speeches from both City and County Council elected Lead Members for Health and Wellbeing, short talks from City and County Council Directors for Public Health and Chair(s) of the LLR SAPG who will present the local strategic approach for suicide prevention 2020-2023. Please see the PDF below for the full proposed agenda (with hyperlinks embedded for event bookings).

Whilst the focus of the week is the WSPD conference, there is a range of live and pre-recorded webinars, online training and wellbeing events for you to book on to – all of which are completely free. The events have been carefully selected to showcase the excellent work of the LLR SAPG partners and how the group continues to demonstrate this year's theme of working together to prevent suicide.

The LLR SAPG value, and are committed to supporting, the arts for positive mental wellbeing. Throughout the live conference and during the week, there will be glimpses into some of the amazing work done at Leicestershire NHS Partnership Trust and beyond.

To book your place on any of the events in the schedule, please download the PDF below and click the links provided. Alternatively, you can visit the Eventbrite page here:

LIVE ONLINE Suicide Bereavement Training

The Start a Conversation campaign is providing FREE, LIVE ONLINE Suicide Bereavement training to all city and county public-sector workers in Leicestershire.

The half-day online suicide bereavement training delivered by HARMLESS is designed to build knowledge, confidence and skill caring for those affected by suicide.

This course will enable participants to effectively explore and understand the following:

  • The magnitude of suicide bereavement
  • Suicide loss as a unique form of complex bereavement
  • 'Complicated grief', trauma, and other individual responses to suicide
  • The wider impact of bereavement on those exposed to or affected by suicide
  • The stigma and shame associated with suicide and bereavement
  • Bereavement by suicide as a unique risk factor for suicide
  • Discuss signposting individuals to appropriate, professional help - a local service perspective from The Tomorrow Project


  • Thursday 17th September, 2020 at 13:00 - 16:00

For more information and to book your place, please visit the booking page on Eventbrite, here:

LIVE ONLINE Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training

Suicide is a problem for society as a whole. To increase awareness & help prevention efforts - and to help remove the stigma which can be a barrier for those in need of help - this free half-day training session should be of interest to anyone who wishes to:

  • Examine their own attitudes
  • Discover likely suicide risk factors and warning signs
  • Find out how you might help someone at risk of suicide
  • Take away a delegate pack full of useful information

Funded by the Start a Conversation - Suicide is Preventable campaign and delivered by the Rural Community Council, the training is free to attend and open to anyone who lives or works in Leicestershire. This includes members of the public as well as those whose professional or voluntary work is likely to bring them into contact with vulnerable people or those at greater risk of suicide.

Places are limited so advance booking is essential. You will be notified if you are allocated a place to attend


  • Wednesday 29th July, 2020 at 1.30pm - 4.00pm
  • Thursday 30th July, 2020 at 1.30pm - 4.00pm

For more information and to book your place, please visit the booking page on Eventbrite, here:

Online Learning Modules

Zero Suicide Alliance - Suicide Awareness Training

The Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA) is a collaboration of National Health Service trusts, charities, businesses and individuals who are all committed to suicide prevention in the UK and beyond. ZSA are an alliance of people and organisations coming together around one basic principle: Suicide is preventable.

Start a Conversation - Suicide is Preventable is working with ZSA to promote their ZSA Suicide Awareness Training. The session, which takes approximately 20 minutes to complete, aims to give you the skills and confidence to help someone who may be considering suicide. It focuses on breaking stigma and encourages open conversations to help prevent suicide. The online training is free to all public and professional and Start a Conversation actively encourage you to share this training as widely as possible.

Start your training now by clicking 'next', below.

Public Health England - Psychological First Aid (PFA) training module

New Psychological First Aid training during COVID-19 open to all frontline and essential workers and volunteers

On 15 June Public Health England (PHE) launched an updated Psychological First Aid (PFA) training module, aimed at all frontline and essential workers and volunteers. The course teaches the key principles of giving psychological first aid in emergencies and aims to increase awareness and confidence to provide this support to people affected by COVID-19. PFA is a globally recognised training in emergency situations and PHE has been developed this new course as part of our national incident response, and in partnership with NHS England, Health Education England, FutureLearn and others.

The course is free, and no previous qualifications are required. By the end of the course, outcomes will include: understanding how emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic can affect us, recognising people who may be at increased risk of distress and understanding how to offer practical and emotional support. The course takes around 90 minutes to complete and is also available in three sessions for the learner to complete at their own pace.

FutureLearn Collection: Support Your Mental Health In Lockdown

Feeling anxious in lockdown or know someone who is? Coronavirus is taking a toll on both our physical and mental wellbeing. These courses by FutureLearn will help you manage your own mental health and support others who are struggling.

Awareness Raising Events

There are many national events that take place throughout the year providing health, support and advice for people. These events are also a great way of raising awareness.