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**Coronavirus (COVID-19) Training Update**

As we move forward through the transition phases of recovery from COVID-19, we are constantly assessing our responses to Scottish Government guidance and evidence of effective practice.

At this point, face to face training managed by Public Health Scotland is paused (September 2020).

Please check back at the start of each month for updates on this position.

Whilst face to face training is paused, you can still participate in online learning such as

If you are concerned you may have COVID-19 symptoms or are looking for more information on COVID-19 please see NHS inform’s COVID-19 pages (external site).

Training

Training forms a significant part of preventing suicides in Scotland. By training a proportion of the population, more skilled and confident helpers will be available to explore thoughts of suicide and intervene.

The National Suicide Prevention Programme offers tiered suicide prevention training covering

  • initial awareness
  • exploration of suicide and suicidal ideation
  • suicide first aid intervention skills.

Courses are organised and delivered at a local level by qualified trainers.

Resources

Awareness raising animations

Public Health Scotland and NHS Education Scotland (NES) have jointly developed a series of animations that help individuals have supportive conversations on mental health and suicide.

The animations highlight the range of communication skills that should be used including

  • listening
  • questioning
  • responding.

They also provide information on how to get immediate help and support.

They’re aimed at staff in all sectors –including NHS, health and social care employees, local authority employees and those working in wider public health settings.

There are 2 sets of animations. One is focused on developing supportive communication with adults, the other with children and young people.

Please note that these animations are hosted on NHS Education Scotland’s TURAS platform. Registration may be required.

Courses

suicideTALK

suicideTALK is a short exploration and awareness raising session. It is aimed at all members and groups within communities.

The session is practice oriented and allows open and honest dialogue for anyone interested in attending. It lasts between one and three hours with content adapted to the needs of the group.

suicideTALK provides a solid foundation for suicide prevention by dispelling the myth that talking about suicide promotes suicidal behaviour. It aims to reduce stigma around suicide and promote awareness within the community.

safeTALK

safeTALK is intended as suicide alertness training. It teaches you to recognise people with thoughts of suicide and to connect them to suicide intervention resources. safeTALK prepares participants to activate a suicide alert by following the TALK (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe) steps.

The course is designed for communities or organisations that already have ASIST trained helpers in place to maximise intervention as the main suicide prevention focus.

safeTALK is a half-day session. It is taught by one trainer with groups of up to 30 participants. It complements ASIST and other intervention training courses.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

ASIST is intended as 'suicide first-aid' training. It is a two-day practical workshop developing skills through observation and supervised simulation in large and small groups.

ASIST aims to enable helpers (anyone in a position of trust) to become more willing, ready and able to recognise and intervene effectively to help persons at risk of suicide.

Booking a course

If you are interested taking part in any of the courses listed above please use the course look-up tool below or contact the mental health and suicide prevention training team.