Suicide Responders Course
Understanding mental health, well-being and shame
This one-day workshop aims to develop delegates’ understanding of mental health, mental distress and suicide. The workshop will explore why people experience mental distress, the conditions that can cause this to lead to suicidal ideation and someone taking their own life. From this understanding delegates will learn how to respond to someone in crisis, support them to towards safety, and find further help.
Suitable for: anyone with an interest in mental health and/or supporting others
About the course
This course will strengthen participants’ knowledge around mental health and why we become ‘unwell’. It will develop participants’ understanding of suicide, increase confidence in their own skills so they can support people who are suicidal sensitively and appropriately, and explore resources and services that support people managing their mental health.
We will cover:
- Using the Biopsychosocial model to explore why we become ‘unwell’
- When life exceeds our ability to cope with it – looking at the lived experience of suicidal thinking
- Using Schneidman’s suicidal commonalities model to understand the psychological processes surrounding suicide
- Hopelessness and helplessness – identifying factors leading to vulnerability
- Using Schneidman’s commonalities model to identify protective factors
- Using trauma informed practice to understand core skills when working with suicidal people
- Applying core skills in a crisis and moving people towards safety
- Exploring what help is available and how to access it
The course is followed up with an email pack outlining further information and resource materials for those wishing to continue their own learning in respond to the ideas covered in this course.