Here you can find answers to some of the common questions we get asked. If you dont find the answer to the question you are looking for please feel free to get in touch with us on the Contact us page.
Our alliance started with no funding at all, building on the work being led within Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust and the time commitments of our founder members the alliance sought out government funding to develop an ambitious plan to support suicide prevention in the UK over 2 years.
In 2017 Prime minister Theresa May agreed to fund the Zero Suicide Alliance for two years, and we now receive support and funding through the Department of Health and Social Care which commenced in April 2019.
We are proud to say that so far we have matched the investment at more than pound for pound through the kind donations in kind through many organisations who help us achieve our mission. We have launched the ZSA charity and are actively fund raising to keep the ZSA viable.
The ZSA started from within the NHS, and is proud to boast many NHS Trust members. To provide the highest levels of assurance and financial governance we are hosted by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, and we follow the NHS processes along with complying with Government Service Standards.
Although we are hosted by the NHS we are also proud to be independent, allowing us to engage the third sector and businesses as peers, understanding their perspectives and roles in suicide prevention.
The ZSA training has been developed to be as user friendly and accessible as possible. However the training has not been designed for young people specifically.
On our Resource page you will find international examples of excellent school based programmes which have been designed to achieve a holistic approach to suicide education for young people which come with evidence of effectiveness.
The ZSA team is actually very small, although we are able to achieve great things through our network of active members. Unfortunately we don’t have capacity to deliver training face to face. However many of our members have delivered the training in groups using the online module and facilitating the session with time for questions and group discussion. If you would like to do this we can support by sharing certificates to recognise those who attended and took part.
Our team does include seasoned speakers from a range of backgrounds, and we often try to engage in conferences and events which allow us to share our important message, as well as champion the work of our members.
We set out each year to ensure that we can reach a number of high value events throughout the year and try to plan this in as early as possible to maximise our ability to achieve our other goals. However if you have an event get in touch with us and we will see if we are able to send a speaker.
We also offer stalls, which we can deliver at many events, sometimes this will be run by ZSA staff, other times we work with member organisations to share our literature and spread our message.