Training & Events

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


  • Friday 9th October 2020 at 9.30-13.30
  • Wednesday 21st October 2020 at 12.30-16.30
  • Thursday 5th November 2020 at 9.30-13.30
  • Thursday 17th November 2020 at 12.30-16.30
  • Friday 20th November 2020 at 12.30-16.30 (MS Teams)

All FREE training for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland residents is listed as "ONLINE Leicester/shire Suicide Bereavement Training". All sessions take place on Zoom unless otherwise stated.

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


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

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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

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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.