Make yourself aware what to do if someone is in crisis – Suicide prevention free course

A 20 minute online course that might make the difference between someone you know living or dying

Hounslow Council is supporting a major national event that aims to raise awareness about suicide prevention.

In the run-up to ‘World Suicide Prevention Day’ on Sunday, 10 September, the Council has joined forces with a range of partners, including North West London NHS, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust and Ealing and Hammersmith and Fulham Councils to raise awareness about the issue.

In London, around ten people each week take their own lives. Suicide prevention aims to help us recognise when someone is in crisis, and to know what to do.

Working with the city-wide mental health partnership, Thrive LDN, the Council is promoting the Zero Suicide Alliance’s free online training course.

This helps people to spot the signs that someone might be feeling suicidal. The 20-minute course takes the viewer through a series of scenarios and offers guidance on opening a conversation with someone you are concerned about.

So far, more than 350,000 people across London have taken the training.

Hounslow Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Public Health and Transformation, Councillor Samia Chaudhary, said:

“The suicide awareness training is easy to access and doesn’t take much time to complete. By the end, you will be more aware of the steps you can take to support someone you know or care about who is struggling or feeling overwhelmed.

“Taking this training is an act of compassion that, ultimately could save lives. We all need to talk more about this most sensitive of subjects and make people feel comfortable with opening up, sharing their feelings and admitting they need help.”

Here’s where to take the training:

Hounslow provides a Safe Space service for anyone who feels overwhelmed. Hounslow Safe Space is a local hub that offers virtual and telephone support. This free service is available to anyone who lives in Hounslow who is aged 18 or over.

The Hounslow Safe Space helpline is accessible between 11am and 11pm every day of the year at 020 3475 5185.