Real Talk Workshop

Tuesday 16th July 2024
9:30 am
Online Workshop

1 in 5 people think about suicide in their life. Which means there are 4 people who can help.

Most people who die by suicide are not in contact with mental health services – they are right here in our community.

A course that will enable participants to identify and engage in conversation with someone having suicidal thoughts, including via the written word, and support them to start safety planning.

The course is empowering, optimistic, accessible, simple, emotionally engaging and sensitive, as well as authentic to people with lived experience of suicidal thoughts.

Our expert trainers will facilitate discussion around the specific challenges faced when talking about suicide with those at risk and connecting them to the support they need. You will be offered a powerful framework and a range of questions to use to create an environment where people feel safe sharing difficult feelings.

By enrolling in this course, you’re not just learning; you’re becoming a beacon of hope for individuals in need.

Who is it for?

The course is aimed at any professionals and volunteers working in public facing and support services including young people and adults social care, primary care, first responders, people working in housing/homelessness sector, social prescribers/community workers, public health commissioned services as well as community and voluntary sector organisations working with people at risk of self-harm, people who are financially vulnerable, etc.

For these professionals and volunteers, the course might be the first step towards more comprehensive training.

Many people with thoughts of suicide do not seek the help of professionals, however. So, the course is aimed at anyone who wants to help, including parents/carers/community members.

By the end of this interactive course, you will be able to:

• Recall the suicide statistics and reflect on their relevance to the community

• Describe potential risk factors and individual signs that someone might be having suicidal thoughts.

• Identify the barriers that might prevent any of us from talking openly about suicide.

• Outline appropriate questioning techniques to facilitate a conversation with a person at risk of suicide

• Demonstrate a supportive conversation with someone who is having suicidal thoughts, including via the written word.

• Determine appropriate levels of support (emergency services or support organisations/apps) and deploy appropriate technology such as the Stay Alive app in supporting people at risk of suicide

• Use a safety planning tool and list further sources of help/support with a scenario

• Select appropriate strategies for promoting own wellbeing

• Access support resources.


“This course is deeply insightful, informative, engaging and thought provoking. The structure of the workshop meant that there was opportunity for discussion and feedback. The slides, activities and the interactive film have given me the confidence and tools to really help our many service users at risk of suicide”

“What a compassionate and enlightening course! I found the practice of asking a person if they were considering suicide really powerful and the interactive film too. The trainer made it very safe. I now feel much more confident at being able to broach the subject and ask the direct question now about are you feeling suicidal. I have always skirted round this issue in the past.”

Notes regarding the session

Please note that ticket sales stop 2 workdays before the start of the course date, so please book ahead of the course date.

If you have a ticket for the course, you will receive a link to the Zoom session 2 days before the course, via email, so please doublecheck the email address you add when filling in your ticket. You should receive a confirmation email shortly after booking a ticket.

Please ensure you have Zoom installed and working ahead of the session. We are unable to issue refunds for those who are unable to attend due to technical difficulties.

If you do have a ticket and do not receive this link 2 days before, please contact us with the name of the course and the date and time of the session.