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So what do we do?

The Hub will give you the skills and confidence to be an informed friend for someone who is at risk of ending a short term problem with a long term solution.

We have a FREE workshop consisting of two 2 hour sessions (virtually for now). These cover:

  • About suicidal feelings
  • Risk factors
  • Why suicide
  • Myths
  • How to help

On completion of the 2 workshops you will receive continued online follow up support sessions:

  • 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 peer support.

Workshop dates

The workshops are in two parts, the dates are for parts 1 & 2, not two start dates. These will be by zoom.

Evening dates 7-9pm

March 18 & 25 FULLY BOOKED
April 8 & 15 FULLY BOOKED
May 13 & 20 FULLY BOOKED
June 17 & 24 FULLY BOOKED
July 15 & 22 FULLY BOOKED
August 12 & 19 FULLY BOOKED
September 16 & 23 FULLY BOOKED
October 14 & 21 FULLY BOOKED
November 4 & 11 FULLY BOOKED
November 10 & 17
December 2 & 9

Daytime dates 10am-12
March 8 & 15 – FULLY BOOKED
April 19 & 26 – FULLY BOOKED
May 10 & 17 – FULLY BOOKED
June 14 & 21 – FULLY BOOKED
July 12 & 19 – FULLY BOOKED
August 2 & 9 – FULLY BOOKED
September 20 & 27 – FULLY BOOKED
October 11 & 18 – FULLY BOOKED
October 13 & 20 – FULLY BOOKED
November 8 & 15
December 6 & 13 – Face to Face, Gt. Dunmow
December 15 & 17

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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]


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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.