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Responding to Suicide Risk in the Workplace

1 day (6 hours including 45minute lunch break)

This course is designed for Line Managers and HR Managers to increase their awareness, understanding and confidence when supporting employees at risk of suicide, in order to prevent suicide in the workplace.

Course content

  • A shared understanding of value in prioritising suicide prevention within the workplace
  • Identifying employees at risk of suicide
  • Asking about suicide and responding to disclosures of suicide thoughts
  • Supporting employees at risk of suicide within and outside of work
  • The actions to take when suicide behaviour occurs within the workplace
  • Responding to the suicide of an employee
  • How do we look after ourselves

Course structure

Participants will learn through:

  • Mini lectures
  • Group discussion
  • Activities
  • Case study
  • Simulation

Following the course

Participants will have a greater understanding of:

  • Why we need to be alert to suicide
  • What to look out for amongst employees
  • How to ask about suicide
  • How to help
  • Legal obligations as employers
  • Practical steps to support someone as their manager or colleague
  • How to manage the devastating event of a suicide of an employee, both if this occurs at work or outside
  • How to look after their own mental health whilst supporting others

Further information, pricing & availability

Please contact us to discuss how our training can best help you and to find out more about this and other courses.

Preventing suicide among employees within the workplace

Help and Advice

If you are concerned a member of your team is thinking about suicide, please visit our Help and Advice pages to understand more about the steps you can take.

If you are concerned your employee has taken steps to end their life please do not hesitate to call the emergency services on 999.

If the employee is under 35, contact HOPELineUK for advice and guidance. You may also find the following website of help: Health and Safety Executive

You can signpost the employee to the following services:

HOPELineUK : 0800 068 4141

Shout Crisis Text service : Text 85258

Samaritans 116123

Testimonials & Ffeedback

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the workshop, but there were so many scenarios I’d never thought to even consider, or perhaps was too scared to. I’m so glad we had this workshop before being aware of an employee with thoughts of suicide, or even killing themselves, because i really don’t know what i would have done, and thanks to this workshop and Alice, now I do. Thank you.

Responding to Suicide in the Workplace Participant

The scenarios were really helpful at helping me to think about how I would apply the theory to a situation. It really helped prepare me. Thanks.

Responding to Suicide in the Workplace Participant

Before the training I didn’t really want to come. As a Manager I didn’t realise how I could support someone in my team if they were having suicidal thoughts. I understand now how I could spot signs of suicide and that it’s ok for me to ask and check them out rather than just passing them onto someone else.

Responding to Suicide in the Workplace Participant

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