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Public Health Training - Basic Suicide Prevention

Course name
Basic Suicide Prevention
Course information

Who Should Attend

This session for Warrington Borough Council’s staff is open (free of charge) to staff and volunteers from not-for-profit organisations supporting Warrington residents. The training is aimed at front line workers and volunteers who have face-to-face contact with the public. The training focuses on adults (rather than children or young people).

The Basic Suicide Prevention session is suitable for anyone who wants a basic understanding of suicide and to feel more confident about discussing the issue with adults they support.


The purpose of the training is to enable people to recognise when someone might feel suicidal; to increase people’s confidence about raising the issue of suicide with those they support; to increase people’s knowledge of local support services; to increase people’s understanding of routes into services when someone is in crisis.

Learning Outcomes

  • be able to identify signs that might suggest someone is thinking about suicide
  • be able to recognise risk and identify key risk factors
  • have increased confidence to ask direct questions about suicide
  • be able to list key support services for people who feel suicidal


The areas the training covers include: what makes people vulnerable to suicide; warning signs to look out for; how to ask people whether they are thinking about suicide; protective factors; recognizing risk and getting help and support. The training includes a PowerPoint presentation, large group discussion, small group work and exercises in pairs.

Course Duration: Half day (3.5 hours) at various venues

How to book a place

Book online

If you are a manger booking staff on to the training, then we ask that you don’t book more than three people from the same team, onto the same training date. This is to ensure a good mix of people with different roles and experiences, as it tends to create a better learning environment.

Request that this training is delivered to a group