West Cumbria Mental Health Partnership

West Cumbria Mental Health Partnership

Every Life Matters Autumn Suicide Prevention Training Programme

We are profoundly aware that our suicide rates in our county remain stubbornly high and we need to all work together to reduce this. The below courses offer an opportunity for people to learn new lifesaving skills or refresh skills and knowledge

All of the below courses are free to attend for anyone living or working in Cumbria – To book on any of the courses, please visit Every Life Matters Events | Eventbrite

World suicide prevention day – 10th of September
This year we are hosting two candle lighting events in both Maryport and Whitehaven, details of which can be found at: World Suicide Prevention Day – Every Life Matters (every-life-matters.org.uk)

This half day training session is aimed at anyone who wants to understand more about suicide, how to know when someone may be having thoughts of suicide, how to talk directly and comfortably about suicide, and what we can all do to offer practical support.
Completion of the training will also qualify individuals for the countywide Orange Button scheme.

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A brief overview of why we need to be talking about suicide and how we need to be talking about suicide. Suitable for anyone who wants to know more.

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This 2.5 hour online session gives you the skills and tools to support an individual to develop their own safety plan. It is suitable for anyone in a support role who has already taken one of our suicide awareness or alertness courses, and wants to gain further skills in helping someone create a safety plan.

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This hour long session provides an insight into Mental Health, Self Harm and Suicide. It is designed as an introduction for parents and carers or anyone who works with young people. The session aims for participants to understand:

-What do we mean by mental health?
-Myths and facts about mental health, self-harm and suicide
-Tips on talking to young people
-What support and resources are available to help?

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This three hour online training session allows participants to:

-Be aware of the local and national context in relation to self harm
-Understand the many and varied reasons for someone self harming
-Understand how our own and societal attitudes matter
-Consider the relationship between self harm and suicide
-Look at how we can work supportively and practically with an individual who is self harming
-Understand the role of harm minimisation in an individual’s recovery
-Be aware of the need to focus on the individual as whole not just their self harming behaviour
-Be aware of resources and support available

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This three hour on line session aims to explore how we can support someone who has bereaved by suicide, with the outcomes being:

-To feel more confident and comfortable in supporting someone bereaved by suicide.
-To increase knowledge of grief, especially in relation to suicide.
-To appreciate the individual nature of grief.
-To recognise what can be helpful to support someone bereaved by suicide including the power and use of language.
-To be aware of local & national suicide bereavement support resources.


We will be putting on 2 day MHFA training in the South Cumbria area both face to face and online. This is funded by Lancs and South Cumbria ICB and available to anyone living or working in the South Cumbria area. Keep an eye on Eventbrite – dates to be fixed in next couple of weeks.

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