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.
This free workshop consists of two 2 hour sessions, covering:
- About suicidal feelings
- Risk factors
- Why suicide
- 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
This free course requires a minimum of 6 participants to run, and has a maximum capacity of 12 participants.
To find out more about this course or to book a place, please visit the West Essex Suicide Awareness Hub: