Suicide Awareness Workshop


Being a friend is a commitment to be aware of how people are feeling. To have an understanding that people sometimes find themselves in situations that can be very difficult to move on from.

Being a friend is about being non-judgemental and to have conversations with people who may be going through difficult times, aiming for a positive outcome and signposting to the right professional service for that person. Being a friend is also talking about suicide awareness to the community if/when appropriate.

Being a friend is not about taking on any formal role nor manning a crisis service, nor ‘counselling’ someone.

It is about offering a kind, compassionate connection with someone feeling suicidal.

Course Plan

This free workshop consists of two 2 hour sessions, covering:

  • About suicidal feelings
  • Risk factors
  • Why suicide
  • Myths
  • How to help

On completion of the 2 workshops you will receive continued online follow up support sessions:

  • Informal (a chance to offload)
  • Formal 1:1 support


I found the training very useful and feel I would be more confident asking the right questions
Invaluable advice for anyone that manages a team - I’ve learnt so much
The trainer was very engaging and made the topic relevant and interesting
I liked the discussion about language and how to have conversations with people who are vulnerable to taking their lives.
I got so much out of this course and learnt so much if I ever have to put this into practice.
Excellent training. The trainer was really good and really enjoyed the course. It excelled my expectations.
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This free course requires a minimum of 6 participants to run, and has a maximum capacity of 12 participants.

More Information

To find out more about this course or to book a place, please visit the West Essex Suicide Awareness Hub:

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