Support groups, events and training

Below is a list of upcoming events and opportunities to help increase awareness of suicide prevention. More information - including training dates - will be added over the coming weeks. 

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Suicide Awareness Training Programme 2017/18

Suicide is the leading cause of death in young people under 35 in the UK. In 2015, 1,659 young people took their own lives. That equates to over four per day. Every year many thousands more attempt or contemplate suicide, harm themselves or suffer alone, afraid to speak openly about how they are feeling.

PAPYRUS, the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide, will be delivering a series of workshops across Salford. 

Please note that this training is only open to staff and volunteers working with Salford young people, and also Salford residents.

Suicide Awareness Workshop: a 90-minute session to help participants have an increased awareness of young suicide and be able to talk more openly about suicide

The session aims to:

  • Understand how personal and community beliefs about suicide affect stigma
  • Raise awareness of suicide as a serious community health problem
  • Make suicide a community concern by facilitating an open and honest talk about suicide
  • Increase personal action and commitment to suicide prevention
  • Support the spreading of training opportunities and networking activities

Who should attend:

This workshop will be useful to anyone who comes into contact with young people under 35 whether it be in a professional or a personal capacity. For example, parents, shop assistants, sports coaches, teachers, youth workers and group leaders.

Available dates
Date(s) Time Venue
Thursday 14 December 2017 10.30am - 12pm Seminar room, Beacon Centre, London Street, Salford, M6 6QT
Wednesday 21 February 2017 10.30am - 12pm Broughton Hub (community room 2), 50 Rigby Street, Salford, M7 4BQ
Saturday 10 March 2018 10.30am - 12pm Eccles Gateway (community room 1&2), 29 Barton Lane, Eccles, M30 0TU
Monday 14 May 2018 10.30am - 12pm West Sure Start Children's Centre, Longshaw Drive, Little Hulton, M28 0BD

Please note the above training sessions are identical, therefore you should only book once.

Identifying and talking about suicide: accredited half-day (3 hours) training course that prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide, respond appropriately and effectively and connect them to support.


  • Discussions around knowledge of suicide
  • Exploration and understanding of invitations a person at risk of suicide may give
  • Learn clear and practical information on how to explore suicide and respond appropriately
  • Consider 'real-life' scenarios
  • Conclude with an emphasis on the importance of self-care

After training, participants will:

  • Have a greater awareness of the prevalence of suicide on a local and national level
  • Be more aware of what invitations to look out for
  • Have a greater understanding of the reasons why a person may have thoughts of suicide
  • Have the skills and confidence to explore suicide appropriately when identifying invitations
  • Understand what sources of support are available both internally and externally to their organisation

Who should attend:

The course is aimed at anyone directly working or volunteering with children and young people in Salford, such as professionals from health, children's social care, housing, hospital staff, police, schools and education (FE/HE), sports and leisure staff, faith and community groups, youth workers and volunteers. This course is also suitable for people who have attended the 90-minute Suicide Awareness Workshop and wants to further their knowledge.

Available dates
Date(s) Time Venue Closing date for nominations
Friday 12 January 2018 10.30am - 1.30pm TBC 03 January 2018
Monday 19 January 2018 10.30am - 1.30pm TBC 29 January 2018

Please note the above training sessions are identical, therefore you should only book once.

How to apply:

Nominations should be forwarded to Debbie Hulme on 0161 603 4310 or as soon as possible. When applying, please provide full details as listed below:

  • Preferred date of training
  • Name of delegate
  • Job title
  • Agency
  • Team based with
  • Full address where based with contact telephone number and email address
  • Name of delegate's manager
  • Or, if attending in a personal capacity as a Salford resident, your home address and contact details

Official confirmation of places will be emailed to delegates approximately two weeks before each course. Courses usually involve a presentation or exercise and time for questions.

The Safeguarding Board is now charging agencies for staff who fail to attend if we are not informed at least five working days before each course. This includes participants who arrive late and are not admitted by the trainers as they have missed a section of the course, or participants who on the day inform the trainers they need to leave early. The charge will be £20.


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