Norfolk and Waveney MInd are specialists in suicide awareness and intervention training and are experienced and qualified in delivering introductory and advanced level training in a variety of contexts including for businesses, VCSE’s and education.

Our online and face to face training includes:
• Suicide Responders • Suicide Awareness (QPR) • Suicide Prevention (ASIST) • Suicide Talk (15+)

Suicide Awareness and Prevention

1 in 5 people will experience serious thoughts of suicide during their lifetime. Loss of life to suicide is of national concern – it’s the leading cause of death in several population groups – and the evidence is that it’s preventable. 
During the pandemic, suicide is likely to increase.  That means you’re likely to know someone – a friend, family member or colleague – who is affected or to be affected yourself.  
The problem is there’s still a lot of stigma attached to mental health and suicide, and people shy away from the issue. People often don’t feel comfortable talking about it – they feel that shouldn’t ask about suicide, that they don’t know what to say or how to respond if someone is having those feelings. 

This course gives you greater understanding and teaches a simple method to give you skills and confidence in supporting someone who feels suicidal.

You will qualify as a Gatekeeper, an internationally recognised qualification awarded by the QPR Institute.


Dates and Times
14th May 10am - 1pm
11th June 10am - 1pm
21st July 1:30pm - 4:30pm
9th September 10am - 1pm
9th September 1:30pm - 4:30pm
11th November 10am - 1pm
12th January 1:30pm - 4:30pm
4th March 1:30pm - 4:30pm

£60 - Concession £45
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ASIST is an accredited two day, interactive training that prepares people to provide suicide first aid interventions. 

Suitable for:  Anyone 16 or older (despite previous training) can learn and use the ASIST model. No previous mental health or suicide prevention experience is necessary.

Aims and Objectives:
• Be suicide alert - identify people who have thoughts of suicide
• Understand the reasons behind thoughts of suicide and the reasons for living
• Access risk and safety - develop a plan to increase the safety of the person at risk of suicide
• Recognise invitations for help
• Recognise potential barriers of seeking help
• Offer support – recognise other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care
• Effectively apply a suicide intervention model
• Link people with community resources

What are the workshop features?
• Presentations and guidance from two registered trainers
• A scientifically proven intervention model
• Powerful audio-visual learning aids
• Group discussions
• Skills practice and development
• A balance of challenge and safety
• Participant materials include a workbook, wallet card, and stickers
• Participants receive a certificate upon completing the workshop

The trainers focus on providing participants with the knowledge and skills to:
• Recognise risk
• Develop safe plans to reduce the risk of suicide
• Increase the safety of the person

Dates and Times

March 2021:
Day 1 - 10th
Day 2 - 11th

£200 - Concessions £165
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Suicide Responders Course

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:

Understanding mental health, well-being and shame
  • 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.

Dates and Times

£120 - Concessions £90
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Contact Us

We regularly update our training programme with a wide range of courses including:

  • BAME support workshops
  • Mental health awareness in education
  • ASIST (suicide prevention)
  • Suicide Responders
  • Suicide prevention for GPs and consulting staff
  • Complex bereavevement support
  • Personality Disorder awareness

We can also create bespoke courses and talks for organisations and individuals - get in touch to register your interest or talk to our team about the right training for you.

For further information on any of our courses, to speak with a trainer or to request specific content, please complete the short form below and a member of the team will be in touch.

Great Yarmouth Office

28-31 Deneside
Great Yarmouth
NR30 3AX
Tel: 0300 330 5488


Norwich Office

50 Sale Road
Tel: 0300 330 5488

King's Lynn Office

Saunders Yard
King's Lynn
PE30 1PH
Tel: 0300 330 5488

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