So what do we do?

The Suicide Awareness Hub will give you the skills and confidence to be an informed friend for someone who is feeling suicidal.

We have a FREE 2.5 hour Suicide Awareness workshop (virtually or in person).

Aims of the Workshop:

To give you the confidence to have supportive conversations with people who are feeling suicidal, enabling them to access the help they need.

In the session we will discuss:

-The Law and language around suicide
-Suicide statistics
-Feelings and thoughts about people who are feeling suicidal
-What may be happening in a persons life that may lead to thoughts of suicide
-Additional risk factors for suicidal behaviours
-Possible warning signs of suicide
-Trusting our gut feelings
-Supportive conversations with people feeling suicidal
-Available support
-The importance of self-care
-Additional resources 

On completion of the workshop you will receive a certificate and the option for continued follow-up support:

  • Informal (a chance to offload)
  • Formal 1:1 support

You will have access to our online Training Academy where you will find a range of additional courses and further resources.

Workshop dates

Please select the date of the session you would like to attend.


Confidentiality & Data Protection

West Essex Mind is committed to maintaining confidentiality. All information about you is held securely and not shared with anyone outside our organisation without your permission , or unless exceptional circumstances occur. If you wish to see the records we hold about you please email us at [email protected]


I declare that the information provided by me is accurate to the best of my knowledge.

A Zoom link will be sent out a few days before the workshop begins. Please check your spam/junk mail for the Zoom link and email [email protected] if not found. In person training takes place at one of our three venues; Great Dunmow, Harlow and Saffron Walden. Details of these venues will be sent out upon booking a course.

What does it mean to be a suicide awareness friend?

Being a friend is a commitment to be aware of how people are feeling. To have an understanding that people sometimes find themselves in situations that can be very difficult to move on from.

Being a friend is about being non-judgemental and to have conversations with people who may be going through difficult times, aiming for a positive outcome and signposting to the right professional service for that person. Being a friend is also talking about suicide awareness to the community if/when appropriate.

Being a friend is not about taking on any formal role nor manning a crisis service, nor ‘counselling’ someone.

It is about offering a kind, compassionate connection with someone feeling suicidal.