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The S-Word: How to respond when a student mentions suicide

Ready-to-run live online 2-hour session

Up to 25 participants

£750 + VAT

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About our ready-to-run training

The easiest way to book our training for your team:

  1. Place your order and pay now via debit / credit card or request an invoice,

  2. We'll contact you to agree a delivery time that suits you and your organisation,

  3. We'll send you the details of your session and a Microsoft Teams link for you to provide to your attendees, then we'll deliver the session live and online,

  4. After the session, you will receive a report of the feedback from your participants and a copy of the course materials to share with those who attended.

This is a 2-hour training session. We will agree a specific start time that works for you.

About this session

While it is rare for each of us, in our work with students, to encounter a student who talks about feeling suicidal, this can happen, and it is really useful to know what to do and how to respond in these rare situations. This is a practical 2-hour online session which explores these issues and helps you feel more confident about having these interactions, should the need arise.

Who is this session for?

This session is relevant to teams and cohorts who work with students in higher education and who might find themselves responding to a student in distress who mentions suicide.


This includes:

  • Academics – such as personal tutors, module leaders, and lecturers

  • Professional services practitioners – such as disability advisers, welfare advisers, finance advisers, or international student advisers

  • Colleagues working in a university enquiry service, a faculty or service front desk team, or a university helpdesk

  • Accommodation staff

  • Security officers

  • Colleagues managing student conduct cases

  • Managers of student-facing teams who may need to support their team members to respond effectively to a distressed student

  • Students' union advisers

While this training is aimed at higher education, colleagues in further education or other similar settings will also find the content very relevant.


Learning outcomes

By the end of this event, participants will:

  • Understand what a student might say that indicates potential suicidality and understand some of the factors that might make a student more risky

  • Explore how we might feel in these rare cases

  • Understand what an effective response to these cases looks like, bearing in mind the boundaries of our roles

Need more information or have questions about this ready-to-run training? Contact us.

Want a bespoke version of this session for your organisation that incorporates your protocols and branding? Want us to deliver this training in-person? Want to run this session for a group larger than 25? We offer tailored training to fit your needs.


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