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Here are the resources we found for suicide prevention for professionals:

Why we need to embrace the awkward and talk about suicide – Pooky Knightsmith

Every minute, somebody somewhere in the world dies by suicide – but until the moment of death, there is hope. In her inspiring talk, Pooky explains how each and every one of us can help to prevent deaths by suicide by being prepared to have an awkward conversation about suicide.

Not My Kid

This 18 minute video aims to discuss the topic of Teen Suicide in the hopes of removing some of the taboo that surrounds the topic providing useful information for the likes of parents and Education professional that need to know more about this topic.

Hannah Dains – Don’t Kill Yourself Today

Hannah Dains presents an emotional spoken word poem about why you shouldn’t kill yourself today. There are a million reasons to be alive and she lists just some of them. This poem was created in order to give hope to young people who may be going through a rough patch. If you are feeling down, depressed or like there is nothing to live for, listen to her poem and realise there is so much to live for.

43 Seconds

You have 43 seoncds, you can make a difference. It could be anyone – just the simplest of gestures would do.

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Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

(Featured resource)Depression can be treated – talking about it is the first step. Teachers, doctors, employers, university staff are all reached by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust as they are people who can spot when someone might be in trouble. The training provided by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust gives them the confidence to open a conversation and give vital first-line support. They also talk to young people and their families and give them to tools they need to stay mentally well.

MIND, the Mental Health Charity

(Featured resource)Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem but hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling. MIND believe no-one should have to face a mental health problem alone. They will listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.

Young Minds

(Featured resource)Young Minds is a leading UK charity focusing on mental health and wellbeing in young people. They provide comprehensive help and advice on a variety of topics including what mental health is, feelings and symptoms, conditions, how to look after yourself and so much more.

ReachOut Professionals

ReachOut Professionals believes that with the right tools, any young person can be happy and resilient. They provide recommendations and advice for youth support workers, and educational professionals on a range of online interventions, tools and resources that can be used to support young people experiencing mental health difficulties and to build young people’s wellbeing and resilience.

The ’13 Reasons Why’ Toolkit

’13 Reasons Why’, is a hit Netflix show that focusses on the fictional suicide of a teenage girl in an American High School, and the causes and circumstances that surrounded that, including bullying and sexual violence. For Series Two of the show, Netflix commissioned a toolkit of resources and advice for parents, educators and young people.

Suicide Prevention: How to Help Someone who is Suicidal

A suicidal person may not ask for help, but that doesn’t mean that help isn’t wanted. People who take their lives don’t want to die—they just want to stop hurting. Suicide prevention starts with recognizing the warning signs and taking them seriously. If you think a friend or family member is considering suicide, you might be afraid to bring up the subject. But talking openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life.

Coping with Suicidal Thoughts and Feelings

This page on the childline website focusses on the issue of suicidal thoughts and aims to provide a combination of tips and information to those that are in need and suffering with this issue.

Young People and Suicide

Suicide and suicidal thoughts in young people can be worrying. It can be tough to find out that someone you care about has had suicidal thoughts. Parent Info have put together their advice and tips for parents who are currently struggling wtih this problem.

Audio

“Take a Minute, Change a Life” – a podcast for World Suicide Prevention Day

(Featured resource)In this HeadStart podcast, our panel, which includes young people and national expert Dr. Pooky Knightsmith, discuss a range of issues related to how adults and organisations can support young people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts or at risk of doing so.

Download

The ’13 Reasons Why’ Toolkit

’13 Reasons Why’, is a hit Netflix show that focusses on the fictional suicide of a teenage girl in an American High School, and the causes and circumstances that surrounded that, including bullying and sexual violence. For Series Two of the show, Netflix commissioned a toolkit of resources and advice for parents, educators and young people.

Research/report

Asking about suicide does not cause harm, in fact it may help

There is a fear that when we talk about suicide, we increase the likelihood of suicide. It’s a fear shared by teachers, nurses, academics, commissioners and many others. It’s a fear that’s not only getting in the way of important conversations, but it’s impeding potentially life-saving research too.

App / online service

Stay Alive App

This free app Grassroots Suicide Prevention offers help and support, both to people with thoughts of suicide and people who are concerned about someone else. Key parts of the app include: quick access to UK national crisis support helpline, a mini safety plan, a LifeBox where users can upload photos from their phone reminding them of their reasons to stay alive and so much more.

Course / Event

ThinkTwice Course

ThinkTwice offers a course specifically for the Christian communities who want to be equipped with knowledge about mental health and how best to support those who are struggling. The basic course covers an introduction to theology of mental health, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and psychosis.

Why we need to embrace the awkward and talk about suicide – Pooky Knightsmith

Every minute, somebody somewhere in the world dies by suicide – but until the moment of death, there is hope. In her inspiring talk, Pooky explains how each and every one of us can help to prevent deaths by suicide by being prepared to have an awkward conversation about suicide.

Not My Kid

This 18 minute video aims to discuss the topic of Teen Suicide in the hopes of removing some of the taboo that surrounds the topic providing useful information for the likes of parents and Education professional that need to know more about this topic.

Hannah Dains – Don’t Kill Yourself Today

Hannah Dains presents an emotional spoken word poem about why you shouldn’t kill yourself today. There are a million reasons to be alive and she lists just some of them. This poem was created in order to give hope to young people who may be going through a rough patch. If you are feeling down, depressed or like there is nothing to live for, listen to her poem and realise there is so much to live for.

Organisation View all organisations

Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

(Featured resource)Depression can be treated – talking about it is the first step. Teachers, doctors, employers, university staff are all reached by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust as they are people who can spot when someone might be in trouble. The training provided by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust gives them the confidence to open a conversation and give vital first-line support. They also talk to young people and their families and give them to tools they need to stay mentally well.

MIND, the Mental Health Charity

(Featured resource)Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem but hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling. MIND believe no-one should have to face a mental health problem alone. They will listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.

Young Minds

(Featured resource)Young Minds is a leading UK charity focusing on mental health and wellbeing in young people. They provide comprehensive help and advice on a variety of topics including what mental health is, feelings and symptoms, conditions, how to look after yourself and so much more.

The ’13 Reasons Why’ Toolkit

’13 Reasons Why’, is a hit Netflix show that focusses on the fictional suicide of a teenage girl in an American High School, and the causes and circumstances that surrounded that, including bullying and sexual violence. For Series Two of the show, Netflix commissioned a toolkit of resources and advice for parents, educators and young people.

Suicide Prevention: How to Help Someone who is Suicidal

A suicidal person may not ask for help, but that doesn’t mean that help isn’t wanted. People who take their lives don’t want to die—they just want to stop hurting. Suicide prevention starts with recognizing the warning signs and taking them seriously. If you think a friend or family member is considering suicide, you might be afraid to bring up the subject. But talking openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life.

Coping with Suicidal Thoughts and Feelings

This page on the childline website focusses on the issue of suicidal thoughts and aims to provide a combination of tips and information to those that are in need and suffering with this issue.

Audio

“Take a Minute, Change a Life” – a podcast for World Suicide Prevention Day

(Featured resource)In this HeadStart podcast, our panel, which includes young people and national expert Dr. Pooky Knightsmith, discuss a range of issues related to how adults and organisations can support young people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts or at risk of doing so.

Download

The ’13 Reasons Why’ Toolkit

’13 Reasons Why’, is a hit Netflix show that focusses on the fictional suicide of a teenage girl in an American High School, and the causes and circumstances that surrounded that, including bullying and sexual violence. For Series Two of the show, Netflix commissioned a toolkit of resources and advice for parents, educators and young people.

Research/report

Asking about suicide does not cause harm, in fact it may help

There is a fear that when we talk about suicide, we increase the likelihood of suicide. It’s a fear shared by teachers, nurses, academics, commissioners and many others. It’s a fear that’s not only getting in the way of important conversations, but it’s impeding potentially life-saving research too.

App / online service

Stay Alive App

This free app Grassroots Suicide Prevention offers help and support, both to people with thoughts of suicide and people who are concerned about someone else. Key parts of the app include: quick access to UK national crisis support helpline, a mini safety plan, a LifeBox where users can upload photos from their phone reminding them of their reasons to stay alive and so much more.

Course / Event

ThinkTwice Course

ThinkTwice offers a course specifically for the Christian communities who want to be equipped with knowledge about mental health and how best to support those who are struggling. The basic course covers an introduction to theology of mental health, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and psychosis.

Why we need to embrace the awkward and talk about suicide – Pooky Knightsmith

Every minute, somebody somewhere in the world dies by suicide – but until the moment of death, there is hope. In her inspiring talk, Pooky explains how each and every one of us can help to prevent deaths by suicide by being prepared to have an awkward conversation about suicide.

Not My Kid

This 18 minute video aims to discuss the topic of Teen Suicide in the hopes of removing some of the taboo that surrounds the topic providing useful information for the likes of parents and Education professional that need to know more about this topic.

Hannah Dains – Don’t Kill Yourself Today

Hannah Dains presents an emotional spoken word poem about why you shouldn’t kill yourself today. There are a million reasons to be alive and she lists just some of them. This poem was created in order to give hope to young people who may be going through a rough patch. If you are feeling down, depressed or like there is nothing to live for, listen to her poem and realise there is so much to live for.

Organisation View all organisations

Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

(Featured resource)Depression can be treated – talking about it is the first step. Teachers, doctors, employers, university staff are all reached by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust as they are people who can spot when someone might be in trouble. The training provided by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust gives them the confidence to open a conversation and give vital first-line support. They also talk to young people and their families and give them to tools they need to stay mentally well.

MIND, the Mental Health Charity

(Featured resource)Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem but hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling. MIND believe no-one should have to face a mental health problem alone. They will listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.

Young Minds

(Featured resource)Young Minds is a leading UK charity focusing on mental health and wellbeing in young people. They provide comprehensive help and advice on a variety of topics including what mental health is, feelings and symptoms, conditions, how to look after yourself and so much more.

Audio

“Take a Minute, Change a Life” – a podcast for World Suicide Prevention Day

(Featured resource)In this HeadStart podcast, our panel, which includes young people and national expert Dr. Pooky Knightsmith, discuss a range of issues related to how adults and organisations can support young people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts or at risk of doing so.

The ’13 Reasons Why’ Toolkit

’13 Reasons Why’, is a hit Netflix show that focusses on the fictional suicide of a teenage girl in an American High School, and the causes and circumstances that surrounded that, including bullying and sexual violence. For Series Two of the show, Netflix commissioned a toolkit of resources and advice for parents, educators and young people.

Suicide Prevention: How to Help Someone who is Suicidal

A suicidal person may not ask for help, but that doesn’t mean that help isn’t wanted. People who take their lives don’t want to die—they just want to stop hurting. Suicide prevention starts with recognizing the warning signs and taking them seriously. If you think a friend or family member is considering suicide, you might be afraid to bring up the subject. But talking openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life.

Coping with Suicidal Thoughts and Feelings

This page on the childline website focusses on the issue of suicidal thoughts and aims to provide a combination of tips and information to those that are in need and suffering with this issue.

Download

The ’13 Reasons Why’ Toolkit

’13 Reasons Why’, is a hit Netflix show that focusses on the fictional suicide of a teenage girl in an American High School, and the causes and circumstances that surrounded that, including bullying and sexual violence. For Series Two of the show, Netflix commissioned a toolkit of resources and advice for parents, educators and young people.

Research/report

Asking about suicide does not cause harm, in fact it may help

There is a fear that when we talk about suicide, we increase the likelihood of suicide. It’s a fear shared by teachers, nurses, academics, commissioners and many others. It’s a fear that’s not only getting in the way of important conversations, but it’s impeding potentially life-saving research too.

App / online service

Stay Alive App

This free app Grassroots Suicide Prevention offers help and support, both to people with thoughts of suicide and people who are concerned about someone else. Key parts of the app include: quick access to UK national crisis support helpline, a mini safety plan, a LifeBox where users can upload photos from their phone reminding them of their reasons to stay alive and so much more.

Course / Event

ThinkTwice Course

ThinkTwice offers a course specifically for the Christian communities who want to be equipped with knowledge about mental health and how best to support those who are struggling. The basic course covers an introduction to theology of mental health, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and psychosis.