Talking about suicide: a guide for college staff

Further education

A guidance booklet to help further education staff have a better understanding of suicide and self-harm, and to feel better equipped to respond to concerns as they arise.

This resource from the Charlie Waller Trust aims to build capacity and confidence in the whole college community to talk openly about suicide, know what to do in any given situation and help to keep everyone safe in challenging times.

It can assist decision making about what actions can be taken when there are concerns about a learner or member of staff being at risk. It outlines suggested good practice and support for anyone dealing with this issue.

Information is shared regarding recent statistics in relation to suicide, and guidance is provided to support the reader in understanding the difference between deliberate self harm and suicide, signs and symptoms, language, risk factors, and what to do if you are worried about a learner or another staff member.

Advice regarding which professionals to contact with concerns, and how to inform your safeguarding team is also included. There are case studies throughout to support you in applying the guidance, and links to reliable agencies are provided at the end of the resource.

Using this resource

This resource is designed for:

  • use by staff in further education colleges

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