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Sensitive, skills-based, research-led strategies for Suicide Prevention.

I have been working in suicide prevention since 2012, both as a freelance trainer and within key roles in leading suicide prevention and mental health charities.


During this time I have listened to the wisdom and stories of people with thoughts of suicide, people who have experience of suicide behaviour, and those bereaved by suicide. These conversations underpin and drive my work in suicide prevention. 


I am experienced in working with strategic partners and key stakeholders on suicide prevention, including local authority Suicide Prevention Partnerships, contributing to Suicide Prevention Strategies across the Midlands, to reduce suicide and better support those bereaved or affected by suicide. 


I am passionate about supporting communities, including schools, colleges, and universities, to become suicide safer through providing training, resources, and consultancy. I have led on successful regional and local suicide prevention campaigns and community engagement projects.


I support organisations and groups to create suicide prevention strategies and develop their working practices and services to become suicide safer.


Creating suicide safer communities is possible; together. 

This work has taught me that people rarely feel fully equipped to help a person who is having thoughts of suicide. Often people say nothing when someone is struggling, through fear of saying the wrong thing or fear of making things worse. I've learnt that this silence about suicide perpetuates stigma, and effectively shuts people up - meaning they struggle alone with their thoughts of suicide. People tell me they are unsure what to say and do, and lack the confidence and skills to help.

I offer training focused on the need to 'reach in', rather than encouraging people who are thinking about suicide to 'reach out'. We often hear messages encouraging people to reach out for support. But, in reality, it can be too hard to ask for help, especially when we need it most.


We need the people around us, our loved ones and communities, to notice when people need help, and to reach in - with confidence and sensitivity. Those skills can be learnt. 

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Suicide Prevention Training

What: Bespoke suicide prevention training

Duration: 90-minute or 3-hour packages available

Where: Your workplace or community venue, and online

Who: Open to everyone; bespoke packages designed to be age-appropriate 

Numbers: Maximum of 30 participants

Costs: Dependent on package - get in touch for a quote! 

  • Designed to meet the needs of your specific context and learners

  • Underpinned by research and the latest evidence

  • Examine common misconceptions about suicide

  • Explore the data around the prevalence of suicide 

  • Consider possible contributing factors

  • Explore how to identify someone who may need help 

  • Learn how to talk about suicide sensitively, appropriately, and confidently 

  • Find out about appropriate resources for help 

  • Consider strategies for self-care for those helping people thinking about suicide

This training is for everyone! Suicide is everyone's business. We all have a part to play in making our communities suicide safer. 

Contact me to book training for your community. 

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

What: LivingWorks' Applied Suicide intervention Skills Training (ASIST) - suicide first aid 

Duration: 2 consecutive days 

Where: Your workplace or community venue 

Who: Open to everyone aged 16+ 

Numbers: Maximum of 30 participants

Costs: Get in touch for a quote! 

LivingWorks' ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid - the world’s leading suicide intervention skills training. ASIST teaches participants to recognise when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. ASIST can be learned and used by anyone. 


ASIST Makes a Difference

As the world’s leading suicide intervention workshop, ASIST is supported by numerous evaluations including independent and peer-reviewed studies. Results demonstrate that ASIST helps participants become more willing, ready, and able to intervene with someone at risk of suicide. ASIST is proven to reduce suicidality for those at risk. 

ASIST Participants

Over 2 million people have taken an ASIST workshop worldwide. People can (and do) use suicide first-aid in many settings: with family, friends, and colleagues, as well as their professional roles. Its widespread use in various communities creates a common language to enable us all to talk about suicide sensitively and confidently. 

During the two-day workshop, you will learn to:

  • Understand the ways personal and societal attitudes affect views on suicide and interventions 

  • Provide guidance and suicide first-aid

  • Identify key elements of an effective suicide safety plan and the actions required to implement it 

  • Appreciate the value of suicide prevention resources in the community at large 

  • Recognise other important aspects of suicide prevention including self-care 


Your ASIST workshop will be facilitated by two knowledgeable and supportive ASIST Master Trainers. I work with experienced co-trainers, and together we will guide you through the course ensuring your comfort and safety. 

Contact me to book an ASIST workshop for your community. 

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The best INSET I've had in a 30-year teaching career.

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Get in Touch

Contact me today for help and support with:

  • Developing and writing your suicide prevention policy and procedures 

  • Support and guidance with appropriate language when talking about suicide 

  • Suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention consultancy services 

  • Suicide bereavement support and guidance for organisations and communities

  • Suicide prevention project and service design 

  • Awareness raising training for your community 

  • Skills-based prevention training to resource your teams

  • Applied Suicide intervention Skills Training (ASIST)


Creating suicide safer communities is possible; together. 

"Louise had so much knowledge and experience on the subject and handled questions and concerns with confidence. She made a very difficult and emotive topic easy to explore and discuss.

Thank you!"

ASIST Participant

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