Preventing suicide - information for professionals

For help and support on suicide prevention in your area see these resources and downloads.

Information and resources

  • Norfolk training framework – Developed to guide organisations to ensure their employees and volunteers are sufficiently trained to the right standard for their role
  • Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind - For skills training around suicide prevention
  • Free online suicide prevention training - Developed by the Zero Suicide Alliance this aims to; enable people to identify when someone is presenting with suicidal thoughts/behaviour, to be able to speak out in a supportive manner, and to empower them to signpost the individual to the correct services or support.

  • Educational Psychology and Specialist Support - Support for children, young people and those who support them, including training and procedures for preparing for a critical incident such as suicide, as well as comprehensive support afterwards.
  • What to do if you believe a child or young person might be at risk of suicide? - Norfolk guidance for professionals working with children and young people
  • Step by Step is a Samaritans service that provides advice and practical guidance to help schools prepare for, and deal with, the repercussions of suicide or attempted suicide in ways which avoid inadvertently promoting suicidal feelings.
  • DEAL (Developing Emotional Awareness and Listening) is a free teaching resource developed by Samaritans aimed at students aged approximately 14+ and inclusive of all abilities and learning styles.

Public Health England (PHE), Business in the Community and Samaritans have joined forces to produce toolkits for employers:

Samaritans Managing Suicidal Contacts is a one day training course delivered to rail staff as part of their partnership with Network Rail.

MIND’s Blue Light Programme provides mental health support for emergency services staff and volunteers from ambulance, fire, police and search and rescue services across England and Wales.

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