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Understanding and Working With Suicidal People

This workshop will benefit a range of practitioners, including social and welfare workers, medical professionals and counsellors

Aims and Objectives


Our work involves helping clients with difficult problems and a variety of emotions, thoughts and behaviours. It is especially difficult when working with someone who is expressing suicidal thoughts, feelings or intent. This can feel quite overwhelming, and it may difficult to know what to say or what to do. It can leave many of us holding unwelcome emotions such as fear, worry and distress.


Having an understanding of what may be going on for the individual, as well as knowing how best to respond can help us to feel less powerless and be in a better position to assist.


The workshop will cover the following:

  • Enable a better understanding of suicide and associated thoughts, feelings and behaviour.

  • Understanding some of the social factors associated with suicide. 

  • Men are over 3 times more likely to end their life than women.  We will consider some of the factors responsible, and discuss how we may better support male clients.

  • Assess risks / suicidal intent.

  • How we might interact with individuals who are expressing suicidal thoughts and feelings?

  • What thoughts and feelings do we workers have about working with suicidal clients?  How might we support ourselves?


  • What are some of the ethical considerations?


  • What safeguarding procedures do workers need to follow within your organisation if there are concerns?


  • The course takes into consideration the best practice as outlined in NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence).


More details about the workshop

The workshop incorporates a PowerPoint presentation and will also include group work, discussion and videos.

A complimentary workbook is given to every participant to keep.


This follows the work of the day, can be used as a book in its own right, independently of the workshop. 


The final section can be adapted to suit the needs of your organisation.


For example, it can contain a prescribed procedure that workers should follow if they are concerned about their client's safety. This may include names or telephone numbers of any individual that would need to be contacted, and also detailed information of how a concern is documented or followed up.


Contact Me

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.


I can easily arrange at time to talk to you in detail about the content of this workshop, and how I can adapt it to meet the needs of your organisation.

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