Course guide

Course subjects

This page is organised as follows:

  1. Mental health courses
  2. Self-harm courses
  3. Suicide prevention courses
  4. Training for the workplace
  5. Course schedule

In-person or online training

A number of our courses have been adapted for online delivery which can be helpful for organisations who’s offices and staff are nationwide. Please enquire as to which of our courses this applies to.

About Our Training

We provide training for people in many roles such as:

  • Line Managers
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Housing Workers
  • Support Workers
  • Counsellers
  • Teachers
  • Emergency Service personnel
  • Work colleagues

As well as individuals, those that have benefitted from our training include organisations from:

  • The charity sector
  • The private sector
  • The public sector
  • The community

We aim to bring our courses to you and deliver the training in-house, wherever your group or your workplace is.

Our trainers are professional and friendly and will put you at ease on what might seem challenging or difficult courses to attend.

All our courses are straight-forward and the skills taught can be applied by everyone. If required, training can be tailored to your organisation’s specific needs.

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ASIST – Trafford College, January 2020
A laptop during online training.
Online training is also available

Mental health courses

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An Introduction to Mental Health

60 Minutes

This session is for anyone interested in mental health. It is designed to teach the fundamentals of looking after our mental health.

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An Exploration of Mental Health

3 hours

In this course you will gain a better understanding of mental health disorders, what it means to have good or poor mental health, and what can be done about it.

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Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

2 days

MHFA gives you the knowledge to better spot the signs of mental health issues and gives you the confidence and tools to approach and support someone in distress. At the end of this course you will be a recognised Mental Health First Aider.

A helpful introduction to Mental Health for our year 10’s. It’s given them some pointers to know how to look after their mental health and why.

Introduction to Mental Health participant

I feel like I understand so much more about mental health and mental illnesses like depression, and how to support someone emotionally.

Exploration of Mental Health participant

I feel really confident about supporting my colleagues at work now when they come to talk to me about how they feel. I feel like i’ve got the right tools and don’t worry about what to say.

Mental Health First Aid Participant

Self-harm courses

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An Introduction to Self-Harm

60 minutes

This session is designed to teach the facts and fundamentals of self-harm. You will learn how to sensitively respond to self-harm and find out what sources of support are available.


Self-Harm Alert

3 hours

With an existing knowledge of the fundamentals of self-harm, this course goes on to teach a more thorough understanding of self-injury and the different underlying meanings it can have for each individual, including contributory factors.

The trainer was brilliant at explaining self-harm in a sensitive way and why it’s so important to talk about it with someone doing it.

Introduction to Self-Harm participant

I didn’t realise the difference between self-harm and suicide until now. I would never have broached the topic of suicide with someone who self-harms before, but now I understand why it’s so necessary. This will change our approaches with our clients for the better.

Self-Harm Alert participant

This workshop was really insightful. I learnt things about self-harm I had no idea about before. I always thought the best thing to do with one of our young people who we found to be self-harming, would be to immediately take everything away and try to stop them. I now understand how dangerous that could be and why it’s better to support them find alternative coping strategies that work for them. Thank you.

Self-Harm Alert Participant

Suicide Prevention Courses


SuicideTALK
by LivingWorks Education

90 minutes

Following this course, you will be able to identify what suicide preventative activities might be appropriate in your community or workplace, help reduce the stigma around suicide, and help those in need consider where they can find support.


Suicide Alert

3 hours

In this training, you will gain an increased alertness to the signs and signals that someone might be thinking about suicide. You’ll also have a greater confidence in responding to them and know how to connect someone in need to further support.

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SafeTALK
by LivingWorks Education

4 hours

LivingWorks safeTALK is a face-to-face workshop featuring powerful presentations, audiovisuals, and skills practice.

At a safeTALK workshop, you’ll learn how to prevent suicide by recognising signs, engaging someone, and connecting them to an intervention resource for further support.

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SafeTALK T4T (Training for Trainers)
by LivingWorks Education

2 days

This two-day course will prepare you to present the LivingWorks safeTALK workshop. You’ll begin by experiencing safeTALK during the first half-day, then you’ll learn how to bring the training to life.

Prospective trainers must meet certain eligibility criteria in order to become a safeTALK Trainer.

Group bookings and individual booking on open courses are welcome.

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ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
by LivingWorks Education

2 days

This course teaches you how to conduct a full suicide intervention. You will learn the tools and confidence to best support a person at risk, help them create an effective suicide Safety Plan and follow-up the intervention. It also helps you recognize other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care. This is an active learning experience with regular opportunities to put learning into practice. After completing this course you will be a recognised Suicide First Aider.

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The ASK Workshop – Assessing Suicide in Kids aged 5-14
by Lifeline Workshops

1 day

This course teaches a better understanding and alertness to the fact that children can be at risk of suicide. You will learn what to look out for, and feel confident approaching the subject of death – and suicide – with a child. This is an evidence-informed and highly interactive suicide prevention training course.

I always thought suicide wasn’t something that was spoken about, because it didn’t really happen. The trainer helped us see how common thoughts of suicide are and why it’s ok to talk about it.

suicideTALK participant

Quite nervous about attending this training due to my own experiences, but the trainer was very sensitive and caring and showed how much learning we can take from our experiences that can help another person.

Suicide Alert participant

I have noticed that I feel much more confident in following the pathway. I have felt more confident in dealing with students who present with suicidal thoughts. It is something that I do deal with a lot but having the guidance there really helps and also to talk about the training and be open about it.

ASIST participant – Three months after attending

The TALK steps are brilliant. I feel so confident about asking about suicide now. Before I would have dismissed the signs, thinking it probably wouldn’t be that bad. But even if it isn’t, I now know it’s always ok to check about suicide, just incase.

safeTALK participant

A great idea to have the pre-course material. fantastic work booklet. good use of format and videos. a FANTASTIC course!!

ASK Workshop participant

The young people I have screened fair much better. They trust that they have someone to talk to who understands them in a way others don’t. they have improved self-esteem. Even if they become stuck again they know/feel they have someone they can talk to.

ASK Workshop Participant – Three months after attending

Training for the workplace

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Mental Health in the Workplace

3 hours

This course teaches a greater understanding of mental health. You will gain knowledge of what it means to have good or poor mental health, increased alertness to the signs of mental ill health in the workplace, and an increased confidence to address them and put support in place. 

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Responding to Suicide in the Workplace

1 day

In this training you will learn why we need to be alert to suicide. Understand what to look out for amongst collegues, understand how to ask about suicide, and learn about the legal obligations as an employer. Participants will also understand how to manage the devastating event of a suicide of an employee, whether this occurs at work or outside. Lastly, we will teach you how to look after your own mental health whilst supporting others. 

A full day that has really prepared us all to support each other and other colleagues. We now know exactly what to do if faced with a member of staff feeling suicidal, or if we lose a member of staff to suicide. Thank you so much for providing such an empowering workshop.

Responding to Suicide in the Workplace participant

Thank you for the course. I hope we never have an employee who considers suicide, but if we do, I don’t feel scared about talking to them, I know I’ll listen and what steps I can take to help them.

Responding to Suicide in the Workplace participant

Thank you for this insightful overview of mental health, I feel like I understand it a lot better and what I can be aware of amongst my colleagues. I also really enjoyed the character activity!

Mental Health in the Workplace participant

Course schedule

03 Dec

The ASK workshop: Assessing Suicide in Kids, Part 1

ONLINE

04 Dec

The ASK workshop: Assessing Suicide in Kids, Part 2

ONLINE

14 Dec

Mental Health First Aid 14-17th December 2020

ONLINE: ONLY 9 PLACES LEFT

Quick reference guides

Our work and social lives are complicated enough and we all encounter difficulties sometimes. With this in mind, we created a selection of straightforward and practical quick reference guides to inform and help both yourself and others.

The guides are all 100% free and you can read and download as many as you like – no email required.

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