Train yourself to tackle male suicide

It’s a shocking fact that 12 men will commit suicide in the UK today and tomorrow and the next day and the next…. with men accounting for more than 75% of the 5,675 people who commit suicide each year (2009 figure from The Samaritans)

If you want to train yourself to help stop people committing suicide then there are a number of suicide alertness courses coming up – starting this Thursday – which are free to target groups (see below for eligibility).

Nationally there is no single charity or campaign dedicated to the issue  of tackling male suicide though the excellent Campaign Against Living Miserably which featured at The First National Conference for Men and Boys 2011 in Brighton & Hove has had great success tackling young male suicide in the North West and is now working in London too.

In our city Brighton & Hove – which has the second highest suicide rate in the country– local group Grassroots Training, trains people to understand how we can prevent men and women from committing suicide.

Grassroots has a number of PCT funded places available on the following training courses for those working in the Brighton & Hove area which are listed below.

Do you support people from any of the following groups?


  • homeless
  • having alcohol/substance issues
  • people from BME communities
  • older people
  • people from LGBT communities
  • survivors of domestic or sexual abuse
  • prison leavers
  • ex-forces
  • at risk of unemployment
  • bereaved by suicide

If so, you are eligible for a place on any of the following training workshops.

For safeTALK on 3rd November, download booking forms from our website and return to Places are limited and are offered on a first come first served basis.  For other courses, please email first to check availability.

SafeTALK: Suicide Alertness For Everyone – November 3rd – City Coast Church 

SafeTALK – Suicide Alertness For Everyone – is a half-day day training that can help you make a difference. Learn to identify people with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. This training prepares you to be a suicide alert helper by following the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe). These steps offer initial help in order to connect people having thoughts of suicide with more specialised support.

One in Four: Mental Health Awareness –  December 5th – Moulsecoomb Library 

One in Four is a half-day mental health education and awareness workshop, which is informal but challenging, with an emphasis on experiential learning and participation.  It uses the expertise of people who have direct experience of mental ill health.

Mental Health & Recovery: Moving Towards Wellness – December 13th  – City Coast Church 

A half-day workshop exploring mental health and recovery, including Wellness Recovery Action Plans.  This workshop is a useful follow-up to One in Four (mental health awareness training) but can also be a stand-alone course.

Mental Wellbeing in the Workplace – December 15th – City Coast Church

This is a half day, practice-based workshop, in which participants will consider mental wellbeing in the workplace from personal, employee and organisational perspectives.  The workshops are designed to help employers and employees to achieve good working practices that will help reduce sickness absence and increase productivity.


Glen Poole is UK co-ordinator for International Men's Day, Director at the consultancy Helping Men and news editor of insideMAN magazine. Follow him on twitter @HelpingMen or find out more about his work at

Posted in NEWS, News From The Men's Network

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