Let's Train 625 Suicide First Aiders

By Suicide Safer Communities CIC

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Taking Action on Suicide Across Devon

Whenever someone takes their own life it causes incalculable loss and suffering. The impact of each of the 5,700 lives lost each year in the UK is devastating for everyone involved.

In Devon alone, between 2 and 3 people take their own lives every week.

We believe it doesn’t need to be this way. And that the levels of distress that lead to suicide are preventable.

In this country, some of the stigma around suicide as a mental health issue has been removed. However, people still find it difficult to talk about suicidal thoughts and the majority of people who take their own lives don’t contact their GP or any other agency - thus giving themselves no opportunity to receive help before it’s too late.

The reality is that this affects everyone. But no-one is really taking the initiative at a grassroots level. We believe that a community response is the kind of approach that can make a big difference - so we want to train over 600 people in suicide prevention skills.

When it comes to physical First Aid, many of us know what to do to help and it’s easy to find training, support and guidance should we wish to provide it for others. When it comes to Suicide First Aid, however, most of us wouldn’t know where to go to receive training nor even know who to turn to at work or within our communities should the need arise.

Luckily, there are proven training courses available. And we’d like to train individuals, employees and members of local organisations to become “Suicide First Aiders” within their communities - so that, collectively, we can prevent this tragic loss of life.

Here’s what we will do, once we reach our target:

  • Train 343 people in safeTALK offering valuable skills to everyone.

  • Train 282 people in the in-depth Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).

  • We will be delivering these courses from February and March 2018 and you can apply or nominate others to take part in the training courses - for free.

And if we reach less than our target:

  • Whatever amount we raise, we’ll train a number of people accordingly in safeTALK and ASIST.

Your vital support will then create a continuous network of trained Suicide First Aiders - saving lives and helping our community respond constructively to this ongoing crisis.

A Quick Re-Cap

  • 5,700 people take their own lives each year in the UK.
  • Between 2 and 3 people take their own lives in Devon every week.
  • Two-thirds of those who take their lives are not known to their GP or other services.
  • We’ll train over 600 people in suicide prevention.
  • Anyone can apply to do the training for free.
  • Any size of donation is helpful - even £2 can make a difference.


Find out more about us here, on our website.

You can donate via this page, online bank transfer

Send a cheque to:

Action To Prevent Suicide CIC
Suicide First Aiders Appeal
16 Follaton Rise, Follaton Oak
Totnes TQ9 5FX.

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Team Members

Chukumeka (Chukes) Maxwell

Frances Northrop

Matthew Rochford