Saving lives with Suicide Intervention Skills training

As the festive season approaches, the team at Harmless wanted to equip more members of the public and professionals to support those at immediate risk of suicide, at what can be an extremely emotional, challenging and difficult time for individuals, which can then result in people being at even greater risk of taking their own life. To do this myself and our Trainer, Sarah, delivered Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training at the start of December.

The training was attended by a range of individuals including members of the community and professionals that have had experiences in both personal and professional life, which meant there was a real desire to learn specific, life assisting skills, in order to save lives.

The training was an extremely positive experience, with the delegates really engaging and participating in each section of the workshop. There were many discussions taking place, which explored attitudes, shared knowledge and good practice. It was an ideal opportunity to really engage in the subject and ensure delegates felt confident in the fact they could respond in an effective way to individuals to influence the lives of those in distress.

The group worked hard to challenge stigma and discrimination addressing various misconceptions around suicide. One of the biggest misconceptions is that talking and asking about suicide increases the risk by ‘putting ideas into people’s heads’. This is most definitely not the case. By talking more about it can actually do the complete opposite and save lives. If you are in distress and are having thoughts of suicide, it is really important to talk to someone about suicide and your thoughts and feelings. People can and do recover from their thoughts of wanting to end their life. There is hope and by taking that step, talking to someone and sharing how you feel, could be that step that saves your life.

If you need immediate support over the next couple of weeks, please call the Hope Line on 0800 068 41 41 or the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90

Our next ASIST delivery is 30th and 31st March 2016. For more information or to book a place, please call 0115 934 8445 and ask for Sophie Allen or email

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