Type of Entry: Training
Name: We need to talk about suicide - HEE
Date added: 1 May 2020
Delivery type: Online
Owned by: Health Education England (UK)
Cost: No
Target audience: Anyone
Core Elements

"We need to talk about suicide: helping everyone to feel more confident to talk about suicide” is an online suicide first aid training programme that has been developed for a range of health and social care workforces. 

The aim of the programme is to make people feel comfortable spotting signs of distress and having conversations about someone's mental wellbeing including thoughts of suicide. 

​​​​​The training involves learning to:

  • 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 (helplines)

For more information, please visit the e-Learning for Healthcare website.

Length of Training

Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes

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  • Public Health England
Additional Information

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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.  The ZSA do not endorse individual resources but instead aim to present standardised information to enable the user to make an informed decision over its use.

This content was developed based on information within the public domain. If you would like to update this content, please contact us.

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

Content last updated: 02/11/2022.

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