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Anyone can have thoughts of suicide. Everyone can learn to help.

Training forms a significant part of preventing suicides in Scotland. By training a proportion of the population, more skilled and confident helpers could be available to explore thoughts of suicide and intervene. The National Suicide Prevention Programme offers suicide prevention training covering awareness and exploration to suicide first aid skills. Courses are organised and delivered at a local level by qualified trainers.

Using the search box below you will find training courses open to the public. More information can be found on the range of training courses offered by NHS Health Scotland here.

If you are unable to find a course, please contact your local suicide prevention lead who will be able to advise you on training in your area.

We are always keen to hear from organisations that are interested in getting involved or want to start training. You can email us on:

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A two-day workshop that offers practical help to enable caregivers to recognise and intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.

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Become an ASIST trainer





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A three-hour training which gives you the skills to recognise when someone may have thoughts of suicide, and to connect that person to someone with suicide intervention skills.

safeTALK course outline

Become a safeTALK trainer

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A short exploration and awareness-raising session, of one to three hours. It is flexible to meet the needs of each group. suicideTALK is aimed at all members and groups within communities.

suicideTALK course outline

Who can deliver suicideTALK awareness sessions?


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More questions than answers - Supporting people bereaved by suicide

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Contact Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland at or telephone 01738 444178 if you are interested in delivering the course.

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