As part of the National Suicide Prevention Programme, Norfolk County Council have contracted Norfolk and Waveney Mind to expand the provision of suicide prevention training across Norfolk and Waveney.

Here at Norfolk and Waveney Mind, we are specialists in suicide awareness and intervention skills training. Over the next 12 months we will be offering skilled, enhanced and specialist level workshops for anyone who is interested in developing their knowledge and understanding of suicide.

All places are fully funded by Norfolk County Council and are open to adults aged 18 and above, however you need to meet certain criteria in order to attend the Suicide Responders and ASIST courses.

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The Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA) aims to empower, educate, and equip individuals and organisations to support suicide awareness and prevention.

The free, online modules provide you with essential knowledge, skills and confidence to have a potentially life-saving conversation, contribute to mental health improvement and the prevention of self-harm and suicide.

Please click here for more information.
Suicide Awareness is a 3.5-hour workshop designed to teach the warning signs of suicide crisis and how to respond. 

  • How to get help for yourself or learn more about preventing suicide.
  • The common causes of suicidal behaviour. 
  • Looking at the lived experience of suicidal thinking.
  • The warning signs of suicide.
  • How to get help for someone in crisis. 


Includes free certification valid for three years and local resource/information booklet. 

Suitable For:
  • ‘Non-Specialist’ front line staff working in health, social care, the wider public and other services.
  • Individuals who are likely to have direct and/or substantial contact with people who may be at risk of mental ill health, self-harm or suicide.

7th June 2024 (09:30-13:00) - NWM Training Centre, 50 Sale Road, Norwich, NR7 9TP

26th June 2024 (09:30-13:00) - Online via Zoom

3rd July 2024 (09:30-13:00) - Online via Zoom

23rd July 2024 (09:30-13:00) - Online via Zoom

More dates to be announced...
Suicide Responders is a one-day workshop which 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.  

The course will develop participants’ confidence in their own skills, so they can sensitively and appropriately support someone who is suicidal. 

  • 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.

Suitable For:

Staff working in health and social care and wider public services, who have regular and intense contact with people experiencing mental distress, mental ill health and individuals who may be at risk of self-harm or suicide. This course is aimed at staff who can provide direct interventions through their job role. 


28th March 2024 (09:30 - 16:30) Carrowbreck House, Norwich

9th April 2024 (09:30-16:30) Elizabeth House, Dereham​

31st May 2024 (09:30 - 16:30) Carrowbreck House, Norwich

28th June 2024 (09:30 - 16:30) Carrowbreck House, Norwich

12th July 2024 (09:30-16:30) Elizabeth House, Dereham​

More dates to be announced...
For over 35 years, ASIST has been the world's leading suicide intervention training program. Continually updated by Living Works, the leaders in suicide intervention skills training - it is an accredited two day, interactive training that prepares people to provide suicide first aid interventions. 

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.
  • Assess 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

Suitable for: 

‘Specialist’ Front Line staff who play pivotal role in improvement of mental health and the prevention of self-harm or suicide. These include mental health/public health professionals, crisis call handlers, support workers etc.


20th & 21st June 2024 (09:00-17:00) - Carrowbreck House, 7 Carrowbreck Road, Norwich, NR6 5FA

5th & 6th September 2024 (09:00-17:00) - NWM Training Centre, 50 Sale Road, Norwich, NR7 9TP

More dates to be announced...

Contact Us

For further information, please contact our training team:

Tel: 0300 330 5488



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50 Sale Road
Tel: 0300 330 5488

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