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4MH Suicide Response Part 2 Training

Aims and target audience

Target audience:

  • Suitable for ALL qualified and professionally trained health and specialist mental health and social care staff in primary, community and secondary healthcare (all disciplines) who routinely assess and treat patients with a mental health issue, self-harm or person in distress presentation
  • Particularly suited to professionals working in mental health services with an longer-term or ongoing role with patients
  • Primary Care Practitioners with a special interest in mental health or working in a rural environment +/- less access to specialist mental health services
  • Health and social care students aged 18 and above
  • Must have attended Suicide Response Part 1


  • To promote a collaborative and compassionate person-centred assessment of someone at risk of suicide – rather than a ‘tick box’ exercise
  • To deepen understanding and knowledge around the risk assessment process and develop a collaborative and transparent approach to assessing and  responding to suicide risk
  • To be able to maximise a person’s ability not to act on their suicidal thoughts by co-producing an Enhanced Safety Plan including identifying future risks, things which make them worse, their warning signs and bespoke contingency planning.

Learning outcomes

  • Better understand how patient, practitioner and organisational factors contribute to the risk assessment process
  • Be able to create a comprehensive, person-centred bio-psychosocial suicide mitigation plan
  • Understand how this approach can help to mitigate against Human Factors Errors
  • Know practical ways to instil authentic hope in a busy clinical environment and how to increase your patient’s resilience to suicidal thoughts
  • Understand the value and importance of social support mapping
  • Be able to collaboratively engage in a comprehensive social support mapping exercise and be able to coproduce a Social Support Map
  • Be able to co-produce a comprehensive Enhanced Safety Plan suitable for someone with ongoing or complex risks and/or mental health needs
  • Understand the importance of supervision and self-care

Delivery methods and styles

We, prioritise safety and learning of delegates, emphasising self-care and safety planning for all. The content and facilitation/training styles, reduce unconscious barriers, tackle stigma and improve compassion whilst targeting competences (knowledge, skills, and confidence).

  • Comprehensive robust safety protocol for trainer and participant safety
  • Training material: co-produced by people with lived-experience, few slides, mainly images
  • Workbook provided for use during training for solo/group work and post-training booklet to consolidate new learning
  • Training experience: immersive, supportive and values-based
  • Training style: uses story-telling, case-based discussion, analogy and facilitated discussions
  • Not diagnosis-driven, so accessible and inclusive and suitable for all audiences (not just specialists). so facilitates understanding and communication across sectors/care pathways
  • Webinar training involves trainers with additional skills training to ensure effective, smooth and safe delivery
  • Strict participant numbers to enhance learning and psychological safety

Webinar Direct to Participant – 20 delegates max

Knowledge and skills required of the trainers

1 trainer must be a clinician with relevant clinical experience

  • Healthcare and social care staff with a clinical role.
  • Staff with a Patient Safety and Learning role within a Corporate service structure; if non-clinical then must be approved by their organisation to deliver training of this type
  • Voluntary organisations with staff with lived experience of self-harm/suicidal thoughts
  • Carers with lived experience of self-harm/suicidal thoughts with access to ongoing support or supervision (includes peer-support)
  • Community/third sector/non-qualified practitioners/educationists or support workers with extensive knowledge and/or lived experience

Involvement of people with lived experience

Training co-produced with experts by experience, including additional review by members of 4 Mental Health lived experience Expert Reference Group.

4 Mental Health’s Lived Experience Expert Reference Group (ERG): “4 Mental Health recognises the essential nature and unique value that lived experience contributions and involvement bring to their work. As members of the 4 Mental Health ERG we feel that everything 4 Mental Health produces is coproduced with us and that our opinions are truly valued and respected. By recognising lived experience in this way, we feel assured that the content of their training is fit for purpose and the best it can possibly be.”

Assessment, CPD credits, certification

Attendance certificate provided confirming course attended and time spent which can be used towards annual CPD requirements, according to local CPD governance arrangements.

4 Mental Health have accreditation with the first national suicide prevention accreditation program, with standards defined by Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA), Australia’s leading suicide prevention body, focussed on lived experience, safety and governance and our commitment to continuing quality improvement. Our training has also won several national awards.

Last Updated November 24, 2022

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