Suicide Awareness

This programme has been formulated and adapted to suit different participants: students, teachers and parents.

It incorporates strategies and skills to support teachers and parents in being more aware of suicide risk among young people (as young as 11 year-olds), and how to engage with the young person at risk through conversation and questioning.

A separate programme works sensitively with students in exploring the key issues around suicide e.g. identity / self-worth / support systems etc.

Course outline:

  • Suicide in Northern Irish society
  • Prevention, intervention and postvention strategies
  • Understanding self-harm, suicidal ideation, suicide attempt, completing suicide
  • Environments which trigger suicidal behaviour
  • Underlying factors among vulnerable young people and adults
  • The Aftermath: People affected by suicide
  • How can you help in difficult situations?
  • The do’s and don’ts of communicating with vulnerable people


'Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength'

To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil.
William Shakespeare