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Real Talk

Developing the skills and confidence to talk about suicide openly and comfortably, using safe, respectful language.

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Does talking really help?

Around 73% of people who die by suicide have not been in contact with mental health services in the year before their deaths. 

We know that people at risk are right here in our community. Real Talk was designed for and by those people to help us all talk more openly and honestly about one of the world’s most taboo subjects. 

Let’s get real. Talking about suicide is one of the best ways to prevent it. 

Course information

Real Talk is a short webinar or half-day course developed to give you the skills and confidence to talk about suicide openly and comfortably, using safe, respectful language. 

This takes courage – courage that we all have. Real Talk makes it easier for you to start conversations that could quite literally make the difference between life and death. 

Key features:

  • Learn common myths about suicide, how they affect us and our community
  • Understand risk factors and causes around suicide 
  • Discuss language around suicide and how to keep ourselves and others safe with our words
  • Practice starting conversations about suicide and how to deal with different responses
  • Understand the limits of a conversation and explore local and national resources

Additionally, in the 3.5-hour course:

  • Explore all of the above in more depth and talk about the wider impact and causes of suicide
  • Examine how suicide can affect anyone and anyone can help to prevent it
  • Recognise and discuss the fears that stop people from talking and learn how to break them down

Course variants

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Real Talk webinar (1 hour)

A short session to discover risk factors and causes of suicide and begin examining safe ways to start conversations and talk more openly. 

Real Talk full course (3.5 hour)

A full session exploring the causes of suicide, what to look out for, how to start conversations and what might stop people from talking about their fears and experiences. 


1 hour for webinar
3.5 hours for full course


Online or in person
Private sessions available


Max 16
Private courses can be booked for organisations

Who is it for?

People with lived experience of mental health issues

Family members

Employers and HR

Police officers and law enforcement


Community workers

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Upcoming Real Talk courses

Courses below are for individual learners. please Contact Us if you represent a larger group or organisation. 

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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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