Free Suicide Prevention Training Hertfordshire

People working or volunteering in frontline roles in Hertfordshire are encouraged to take free suicide prevention training, run by Samaritans.

People working or volunteering in frontline roles in Hertfordshire are encouraged to take free suicide prevention training, run by Samaritans.

The training, funded by Hertfordshire County Council, aims to equip those working or volunteering in Hertfordshire’s frontline services with the skills and confidence to effectively identify and support someone at risk of suicide.

Hertfordshire County Council is committed to making Hertfordshire a safer place, where people working and volunteering in frontline services have the knowledge and confidence to respond appropriately to anyone in crisis .

The Hertfordshire Suicide Prevention Network is committed to making Hertfordshire a place where no one ever gets to a point where they feel suicide is their only option. We have invested in this training for our frontline staff and our community and volunteer groups to help them feel more confident discussing the issue of suicide and supporting those who may feel suicidal. We are delighted that the Samaritans are providing the training. We have already trained nearly 2,000 people over the past 18 months and hope many more will take up the offer over the next two years. This is just part of our work to provide a suicide prevention strategy and bereavement support in Hertfordshire, so that we can help our residents lead healthy and fulfilling lives.

Jim McManus, Director of Public Health for Hertfordshire County Council

Samaritans provides around-the-clock emotional support for anyone who is struggling to cope.

Last year, its 22,000 volunteers spent more than a million hours answering calls for help.

Samaritans is not only for the moment of crisis, but also to prevent crisis, by giving people the means to cope and the skills to be there for others.

Its suicide prevention courses equip people working in a range of roles with the skills to respond confidently to emotionally difficult situations. On average per year, the Samaritans’ suicide prevention training funds around 55,000 calls for help to the association.

Frontline staff and volunteers in Hertfordshire can come into contact with many people in their roles. It is vital that they have the tools and the confidence to respond to a variety of situations. The vision of the Samaritans is that fewer people die by suicide. “We are delighted that Hertford County Council is investing in Samaritan suicide prevention training for frontline public sector staff and volunteers in Hertfordshire, to equip them with the skills and confidence to support a person in crisis.

Julie Bentley, CEO of Samaritans

Frontline staff and volunteers must have completed a basic suicide awareness course, such as the Zero Suicide Alliance Suicide Awareness Training, or equivalent, in order to take the Samaritans course.

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