Wise Steps


Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training (online & face to face)

WISE STEPS is an online and face to face ‘gatekeeper’ training workshop built on years of experience and best evidenced based approaches in the field of suicide prevention.

Initially designed, developed and delivered in response to the lock-down, WISE STEPS provided a strong foundation for those seeking the tools needed to support people who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. After lock down, WISE Steps and WISE Steps PLUS were further developed as a face-to-face training option.

Course Info
Facilitators: 2

Maximum Delegate Number: 15
Duration: 3 Hours

Who is this course for:
WISE STEPS training aims to support organisations and communities to be better prepared to identify and support those at risk of suicide.

How you benefit from WISE STEPS:

    • Understand the impact of suicide and the stigma surrounding suicide.
    • Gain knowledge of the common myths and misconceptions.
    • Have a strong base line knowledge of how to identify those at risk.
    • Gain skills in open and direct dialogue on suicide.
    • Direct those at risk to appropriate support organisations.
    • Knowledge of local and national support resources.
    • Increased confidence in supporting a person who may be at risk of suicide.
    • Understand the vital importance of self-care and personal support opportunities.

What our delegates say about WISE Steps

“Fantastic training and delivery” [WISE Steps online]

“Very well-structured approach to supporting a person at risk of suicide.”
[WISE Steps Online – Birmingham]

“I don’t really like online training normally, but for the WISE Steps training I am willing to make an exception.”
[WISE Steps online – Coventry]

“Very clear and easy to understand. A lot of information but not presented in an overwhelming way.”
[Wise Steps Face to Face – Birmingham]

“Brilliant session, engaging, emotive and reflective. Trainers were open.”
[WISE Steps Face to Face]

“Thank you for this training and giving me the tools if I ever come into contact with any person who is considering suicide.”
[WISE Steps Face to Face – Birmingham]


WISE STEPS PLUS has been developed specifically for delegates who have already attended the WISE STEPS Gatekeeper Training.
It provides enhanced learning opportunities to further support those who are having suicidal thoughts.

Course Info
Facilitators: 2
Maximum delegate Number: 12

Duration: 3 Hours

Who is this course for:
WISE STEPS PLUS is specifically for community members/organisations who have attended the WISE STEPS online/face to face Gatekeeper training who wish to develop their skill base further when directly supporting a person with thoughts of suicide to stay safe.

    • How you benefit from WISE STEPS PLUS:
    • Enhanced skills in open and direct dialogue
    • Skills in developing tailored Life Plans and assessing risk concerns.
    • Understanding and utilisation of ‘exploring safety’ techniques
    • Increased knowledge of CARE prioritisation model
    • Development of both implementation skills and observation skills through role simulation/case studies

“Thoroughly enjoyed the training and will definitely put what I have learnt into practice should I find myself in a situation where someone makes a disclosure of suicide.”
[WISE Steps Plus Online – Dudley].

“This was a really useful training session, and the trainers were very professional yet friendly. The topic is very well thought out and sensitive.”
[Wise Steps Plus Online – Dudley]

“Facilitators are engaging and approachable and ensure a safe space is created and maintained.”
[WISE Steps Plus Face to Face]

Quality assurance
Forward For Life and Common Unity have specialised in the fields of mental health, wellbeing and suicide prevention for a combined period of more than 50 years. They have designed, developed and delivered a range of training programmes across the UK to communities, the public sector and private sector. The training is delivered by Master Trainers in the internationally recognised ASIST and safeTALK suicide prevention programmes.

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