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To increase your confidence in supporting someone experiencing a period of poor mental health, or thoughts of suicide or self-harm, you can access our training.

Start a Conversation suicide prevention awareness e-learning

We need to talk about suicide – it is preventable, and you can Start a Conversation that may save someone's life. This free self-directed e-learning aims to increase your:

  • awareness of suicide prevention and how you may play a role
  • knowledge of the impacts suicide can have and its prevalence
  • knowledge of the signs of suicide
  • confidence to have a healthy conversation about suicide
  • awareness of local signposting options and resources

Completing this module will take about 20 minutes. It has been designed with the support of the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland suicide lived experience network.

To access the e-learning follow these steps -

  1. Click on the suicide prevention e-learning link below
  2. Click on 'don't have an account yet? Register here' if it is your first time accessing
  3. You will be required to sign-up, so enter your name and email address and create a password. This is so that you can stop/start the course if you need to. These details will not be used in any promotional capacity.
  4. After completing the learning, you will be taken back to the dashboard.

*If you are experiencing any issues please email: startaconversation@leics.gov.uk

Harmless training

Harmless provide free suicide bereavement and self-harm awareness training in our area. More details on each are available below.

Suicide bereavement training

This free online course, delivered via Zoom, is designed to 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

It is suitable for any public/third sector worker in Leicester/shire who would like to know more about suicide bereavement, especially Frontline Workers supporting those impacted by suicide.

Self-harm awareness training

This free online course, delivered via Zoom, is designed to enable participants to effectively explore and understand the following:

  • Improve knowledge and awareness of self harm
  • Understand the stigma and discrimination associated with self harm
  • Develop skills to respond to and support someone who is self harming
  • Develop knowledge of evidence-based brief interventions to support someone who self harms
  • Improve confidence and competence to understand and manage self harm
  • Understand the importance of recovery
  • Consider signposting to appropriate services

It is suitable for any frontline workers in Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland, who support those who self-harm or those at risk.

You can find sessions running now and book a space via the Eventbrite page – look for those that say 'training in Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland'.

Start a Conversation champion training

Mental Health First Aid Aware training

This half day course is delivered online and learning will take place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities.

This course raises awareness of mental health. It covers:

  • What mental health is and how to challenge stigma
  • A basic knowledge of some common mental health issues
  • An introduction to looking after your own mental health and maintaining wellbeing
  • Confidence to support someone in distress or who may be experiencing a mental health issue

**A minimum of 12 people need to have booked on the session for it to go ahead. Therefore, there is a possibility that the training session could be cancelled 2 weeks before the training date.

If you are a Start a Conversation Champion and would like to book a place on this training, please complete this short form.

If you would like to become a Start a Conversation Champion, head over to our join the campaign page.

Additional training

If you would like to watch another real life conversation to practice your suicide conversation skills, you could watch the real talk about suicide clip from Grassroots Suicide Prevention below.

More free online suicide awareness training is made available by the Zero Suicide Alliance. You can find their range of training by visiting below.

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