Type of Entry: Training
Name: Practice Hope
Date added: 15 September 2020
Delivery type: Online
Owned by: Olly's Future and Health Education England
Cost: Yes
Target audience: Healthcare professionals
Length of training

GP practices that sign up to practice hope recieve:

  • Suicide prevention training
  • 60 minute clinical staff training
  • 90 minute non-clinical staff training
Level of training

Practice hope offers training for primary care staff on 10 - 25 year olds who are thinking of suicide or self-harm

Core elements

Practice hope offers training for CCGs, PCNs and practices on how to improve their service to better support children and young people, based on the NHS PACE setter model.

The training includes:

  • Improving services in primary care
  • Recognise signs of suicidality
  • Understand reasons behind thoughts of suicide
  • Engaging a person in crisis empathically
  • Offer emotional support
  • Recognise potential barriers to seeking help
  • Signpost to appropriate resources (help lines)

For more information about the Practice Hope training, visit Ollys Future website.


The Practise Hope pilot ran from February 2019 to September 2020 and received £200,000 funding from Health Education England. It was delivered by practices in the Dartford area in Kent, in Brighton and Hove, Sussex and the Woking area of Surrey. It was a collaboration between Health Education England, Sussex Partnership NHS Trust, Mind and Olly’s Future.

Findings from this pilot showed that:

  • Some GPs did not feel equipped or confident to support children and young people who self-harm or have thoughts of suicide.
  • Young people did not know they could go to their local surgery for help with mental health issues.

The next phase  will be to embed the initiative in other areas of the country through providing training, as above, to surgeries on how to run the Practise Hope themselves, providing them with all the surveys, action plans, focus group learning and materials. 

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This training was funded by Health Education England.

Additional information

This course is facilitated by Mind in local communities who support the delivery of the training and follow up support. 

The aim of the ZSA Resources is to introduce users to a range of existing and new resources with a connection to supporting people with their mental health, bring awareness to and help prevent incidences of suicide.  Even though the ZSA offer their own training, this resource is presented aside other training resources to enable the user to make an informed decision over its use.

For more information on ZSA Resources, please refer to ZSA Policies.

Content last updated: 19/10/2022.

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