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Real Talk – Children and Young People

Real Talk - Children and Young People

Course information

This practical and interactive course is designed to equip professionals and volunteers working with children and young people to identify, engage in conversation, and offer support to those who might be having thoughts of suicide. The course addresses the unique challenges and considerations of working with children and young people at risk of suicide, including the impact of social media.

Participants gain a clear framework for engagement and strategies to support young people experiencing suicidality in diverse settings.

Learning outcomes

  • Describe potential factors that might contribute to suicidality including social media
  • Discuss individual signs that a young person might be having suicidal thoughts
  • Identify the barriers that might prevent us and them from talking openly about suicide
  • Outline appropriate questioning strategies to facilitate a conversation about suicide with a young person
  • Demonstrate a supportive conversation via a case study, including via the written word
  • Determine appropriate levels of support and deploy appropriate technology such as the Stay Alive app
  • Use a safety planning tool and list further sources of help/support
  • Select appropriate strategies for promoting your own wellbeing 
  • Access additional resources


3.5 hours


Online or in-person

Group size

6 to 24 learners

Ideal for

Professionals and volunteers working with children and young people, including safeguarding team workers, social workers, youth workers and youth group leaders, teachers and pastoral staff, young people social care workers, primary care and mental health workers.

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Did you know 1 in 5 people will have suicidal thoughts at some point in their lives?

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