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It is vitally important that the SAPT project evaluate the Suicide Awareness training that we coordinate, for the following reasons:

  • to ensure that the training sessions meet the need of those people attending them
  • to enable both content and format of the training sessions to be amended and updated, as appropriate
  • to monitor progress towards outcomes and targets agreed with our funder, the Big Lottery  
  • to provide quantitative and qualitative data for the externally evaluated final project report, in due course
  • to justify the worth of the project to potential future funders  

Our evaluation consists of the following means:

  • Immediate post-course questionnaires to be completed by delegates. Thes eask delegates to rate whether they agree or disagree with a number of statements, and help us determine whether the specific training session met its aims. The questionnaires also provide space for open-ended comments
  • Six- and twelve- month follow-up questionnaires are sent to those who have attended the training. As well as inviting general comments on the traing, these questionnaires specifically ask how many people in distressed have been helped. this is crucial information to us, as the main aim of our training is to assist a reduction in overall suicide rates
  • Inviting delegates to contribute their own 'case studies' about how the training has helped them, by giving a brief practical example. If you have a brief case study that you wish to share with us, please complete the contact form on the Contact Us page. We would be delighted to hear from you! Please note that all case studies will be treated as confidential and will not be published without your consent (and with all identifiable details being made anonymous) 

Testimonies from those attending recent half-day Suicide Awareness training sessions include:  

"I gained knowledge of how to identify triggers in a person's life... how to help and listen to a person at risk (and) vulnerable to suicide"

"Shortly after the training, I was called out to (someone) threatening suicide. Crisis was averted... I felt your training equipped me to deal with the incident"

"Very helpful and informative... Good resource for guidance and available services"

In July 2011, Focus Consultants published their external evaluation of the SAPT Project

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.