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Suicide prevention

Talking about suicide saves lives. The vast majority of those thinking about suicide will find some way to signal their intent. Most suicidal people are looking for another option. They don't want to die. But preventing suicide takes two people—a helper and the person at risk.

Carlisle Eden Mind is funded by Public Health Cumbria to deliver free and subsidised suicide prevention training to community groups, charitable organisations and the Public Sector across Cumbria.

Our free and low cost courses

We deliver a range of training aimed at helping people begin to talk about suicide, explore our core beliefs about suicide and learn practical skills to support people with suicidal thoughts.

Our training and awareness sessions include;

Level 1 - Suicide Awareness "Suicide is Everyone’s Business"

Introductory 30 minutes – 90 minutes sessions looking at the facts and figures around suicide, why we should talk about suicide, being aware of the 'signs' that someone may be having thoughts of suicide and why it is important to ask directly about suicidal thoughts.

Level 2 - Suicide Alertness "Living Matters"

A half day accredited training which can be tailored to your organisations individual needs and client focus. This course helps us to explore our own beliefs around suicide, become alert to suicide risk and to support an individual to access support.

Level 3 - Suicide Intervention "Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)"

This is a two day workshop offering intensive training for frontline workers and community members to directly support a person at risk of suicide using the ASIST/Living Works intervention model.

See Train with us for more details of our these training packages.

If you would like to book a suicide prevention course for your organisation please contact us  01228 543354 or e-mail



Your stories...

  • I recently attended the ASIST course and would to express my Thanks to you all. The course was extremely well run and the trainers were excellent.

    ASIST Course member
  • I now feel ready and confident to help someone that is thinking about suicide. I believe this course would be very beneficial for people that work with people who are distressed due to life problems, such as doctors, therapists, the police force, ambulance staff and counsellors. To summarise – the ASIST course was brilliant – one of the best courses I've been on.

    ASIST Course member
  • I thought the ASIST course was extremely professionally put together and delivered. The trainers were sensitive to us as trainees and handled this emotive topic brilliantly. I now feel much more confident and able to deal with suicide interventions. Very worthwhile course!

    ASIST Course member
  • I found the course both interesting and inspiring. I've recommended the course to colleagues in CABs over in the North East . I have informed all the staff here that I completed the course and have advised them to let me know if they have a client who appears suicidal or expresses a wish to die.

    ASIST Course member
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Useful information

  • Free suicide awareness training for Cumbria

    We offer free and subsidised suicide awareness and suicide intervention skills training to public, third sector and community organisations in Cumbria. See Suicide prevention for more details.

  • Mental Health First Aid Training

    Internationally recognised, the MHFA course teaches people over two days how to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues, provide help on a first aid basis and effectively signpost towards support services. See Mental health training for more details.

  • Sign up today to end mental health stigma

    1in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem at some point in our lives but we still dont talk about it. What are we afraid of? Sign up to Time to Change to help end mental health discrimination. 

  • Cumbria County Council

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