Suicide Prevention Training

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Suicide prevention training with the Orange Button Community Scheme.


The Orange Button Community Scheme is a fantastic initiative that focused on supporting individuals experiencing suicidal thoughts or concerned about a friend or family member. The scheme started in Lancashire and South Cumbria but is now expanding.

Badge-wearers who have received our specialised suicide prevention training, can offer information and support, even though they are not qualified to provide counseling. They are also a beacon to those who need to talk about suicide or are having thoughts of suicide. Their role primarily involves directing individuals to relevant services.

Suicide First Aid

  • Suicide First Aid Lite (half day)
  • Youth Suicide First Aid (half day)
  • Suicide First Aid (full day)

Suicide is one of the most common and preventable deaths, yet many people do not know how to support someone who is at risk of suicide. These suicide prevention courses aim to give learners the knowledge and skills needed to prevent deaths from suicide, in workplaces, their personal lives or community settings.

You will learn:

  • How to identify the signs someone is at risk of suicide
  • How to talk about suicide in a safe and confident way
  • How to develop a safety plan with someone who is having suicidal thoughts
  • Where to signpost someone at risk of suicide for further support

Learners who can show the required awareness of Suicide First Aid will receive a certificate and can apply to be Orange Button holders.

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"1 in 20 people will experience thoughts of suicide."

Mental Health First Aid

Adult Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course, designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of poor mental health and provide support on a first aid basis.

Lancashire Mind’s Adult MHFA offer is unique in that all learners will receive a ‘Next Steps’ guide to support your organisation in ensuring your MHFA offer is sustainable, supports best practice, considers your internal policies and procedures.  If you are a community member this guide will support you to provide best practice.

You will learn:
  • An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgmental listening
  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support

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