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SCHEMA – An Approach to Suicide Prevention

An Approach to Suicide Prevention

SCHEMA is a suicide prevention course that supports professionals and community members in effectively helping people with suicidal thoughts.

Suicide doesn’t discriminate

Death by suicide is devastating and far reaching across our communities. It takes 3 times more lives per year in the UK than lives lost in accidents on all our roads. The most recent data tells us that over 6000 people died in the UK by suicide in one year. That means that every day, 16 people take their own lives in the UK.

But we can have an impact on this devastating act through learning skills to support a person with suicidal thoughts to consider life as an achievable plan. This course has been being designed and developed by experienced facilitators and practitioners in the fields of suicide prevention, mental health and well-being.

Who is SCHEMA for?

The SCHEMA suicide prevention course is suitable for all walks of life and this is because suicidal behaviour occurs across all our communities and is everybody’s responsibility. Whatever your background, by attending SCHEMA you will feel better prepared to support someone who has suicidal thoughts.

What would I learn?

  • Spot the signals of possible suicide ideation
  • Ask the right questions
  • Explore with empathy
  • Assess level of risk and develop a life-plan
  • Enable short-term support
  • Consider appropriate signposting
  • Learn the skills that can save lives and promote hope for the future


Our SCHEMA briefing paper 

Since 2018 we have delivered SCHEMA to over 400 delegates across the UK including delivering SCHEMA training on behalf of Birmingham and Solihull NHS CCG and the Coventry and Warwickshire NHS. For an overview of this training check out our most recent briefing paper.

What our delegates say about SCHEMA

“This was a really useful course both for professionals and people who know someone with a mental health issue. Infact, it’s useful for anyone who knows anyone who might need support”


“Will definitely recommend to others, friends and professionals. It helped me to think about suicide in a structured way to help with immediate and long-term support.”


“It was a great day and I feel much more confident now talking to people both as a professional and a friend.”


“Great days training. Reinforced my own practice and learnt new ways of working. Trainers very knowledgeable.”


Fantastic course; Very knowledgeable facilitators who used simple and precise methods to make course content very clear. Thank-you.”


If you wish to discuss SCHEMA with one of our facilitators to help you decide if this training is right for you/your organisation, please contact us.

E-mail: [email protected]

T: 07585776800