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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

Please choose a pair of dates below, you need to attend both sessions to complete the training.


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.

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.