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About Suicide Awareness Partnership Training

Leicestershire and Rutland RCC- in partnership with Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire, Rural Action Derbyshireand Northamptonshire ACRE- successfully applied to the Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities Fund for a grant to develop and provide suicide awareness partnership training (SAPT) over the three years, 2009-2012. Leicestershire and Rutland RCC had been providing suicide awareness sessions beforehand, funded by DEFRA and Leicester City PCT, so this was a welcome opportunity to continue the project and to expand it across a large part of the East Midlands.

[NB. For further background information about SAPT, see History]

The SAPT project takes two main forms:

  • half-day suicide awareness seminars, open to the general public as well as to those whose work is likely to bring them into contact with people at greater risk of suicide. See Events

  • shorter (i.e. 30 minute) presentations in the workplace to small groups of senior managers/selected employers; and, specifically on self-harm, to school pastoral staff. See Short Presentations

The half-day suicide awareness training addresses the myths about suicide; enables delegates to examine their own attitudes; discusses known suicide risk factors (to assist identification of those vulnerable to taking their own lives); and provides guidance on how to help those suffering stress or having suicidal thoughts. The training is facilitated by mental health clinicians and those from other relevant statutory and voluntary sector agencies.

Evaluation of the awareness training is critical if we are to ensure that the training we provide is useful and interesting, and so meeting the needs of those that attend. For more information about this, see Evaluation

The suicide awareness partnership training project aims to increase the awareness of good emotional health and mental well-being, and reduce the stigma of suicide. The project hopes to contribute towards the Government’s target to reduce suicide rates by 20% by 2012.

The SAPT Project Manager Mike Wilbur was recently interviewed by the Big Lottery about a training seminar.  To hear the interview click on the link below:


We provide half-day suicide awareness training, which is open to everyone. We especially encourage attendance from those whose work is likely to bring them into contact with people who may be vulnerable to suicide or self-harm. 

If you have found your way to this website because you are in distress, and may be thinking of taking your own life, then please do seek help urgently. The   Help in a crisis section suggests some useful sources of help and support.