Empowering Conversations: Creating a Suicide Aware Community

This safe, supportive space, has been especially designed for older teens and adults to engage in a non-sensational, non-judgemental discussion on suicide. Whether this is the first conversation on the subject or not, this interactive, mentimeter workshop will support a critical inquiry that will compassionately challenge any assumptions participants may have about suicide and those who are suicidal.

This versatile session takes a look at the history of suicide and explores how it informs our beliefs and opinions today. In this socratic session designed for students (but available for all community groups), students will consider if myths around suicide or cultural biases exist, and if they do, can they get in the way of help-seeking behaviour and the type of support available?

This interactive session employs technology for anonymous insights into existing beliefs. Our expert trainers support students’ discovery and inquiry within this sensitive topic, aiming to foster a critical-thinking approach to suicide and prevention. Carefully designed, this session offers an engaging, age-appropriate first exploration into suicide, a conversation that can often feel challenging. Students taking part will additionally be guided through a range of relevant signposting, including how to use a Safe Plan for stress, anxiety, and any overwhelming thoughts.

This session is designed to be an engaging, but gentle first look at some of the issues connected to suicide and will fit well within any emotional well-being curriculum. It can support both school and community groups to play an active part in creating compassionate, suicide-aware communities, where reaching out for help is met with understanding, and reaching in is done with confidence.

Talk explores:

  • how suicide was perceived at different points in history

  • the emotional epigenetics of suicide

  • if those who are deemed at higher risk today, have always been at higher risk

  • how the language we use today has been shaped by the past

  • what generalisations or false assumptions that exist today, may have their origin in our history

  • what a Safe Plan is and how to use it in a range of scenarios to keep yourself or someone else safe from overwhelming thoughts

Delegates will:

  • leave with a better understanding and deeper compassion for the complexities of suicide.

  • understand how history can shape our modern views

  • have enjoyed informed and empathetic conversations within a Socratic space

  • have engaged in an important discussion that actively aims to reduce the stigma surrounding suicide

  • leave with valuable insights and an awareness of how to create a dynamic, effective, Safe Plan (Safe Plans are a proven and effective way to offer support until professional help becomes available)

  • feel more confident to support themselves or someone in need without overstepping personal boundaries.

Time & place

  • Duration: 45 / 60 / 90 minute sessions available
  • Delivery: In person / Online
  • Qualification: Certificate of Attendance
  • Age requirement: 14 yrs +


  • In-house training only – fee available on request


Whilst every effort will be made to discuss these topics sensitively and ethically, the subject matter could potentially cause distress. Please consider if you currently feel ready to attend this talk. By attending the event, you agree that you understand that this is a talk (not therapy) and you feel ready to learn more.

We value and appreciate our incredibly diverse audiences who always come with a range of opinions, emotions, experiences and knowledge. To ensure that our online environment remains supportive, we work hard to provide a respectful environment, sensitive to the range of views in the room.

Here at OLLIE, we understand that sometimes you may prefer to join our session anonymously and that’s fine by us. You are more than welcome to have your camera off and audio muted throughout, freeing you up to move around, eat or simply relax whilst we guide you through the session.

If you book a ticket and then are unexpectedly unable to attend this event, even at the very last minute, please do let us know before the session, either by returning to the eventbrite link in your confirmation email or by emailing contactus@theolliefoundation.org.

Please be aware, we require a minimum number of delegates for each of our online sessions in order to run these effectively, if we are unable to obtain the minimum number 24 hours prior, you may be informed of the course’s postponement and will be given the option to transfer onto the next available course.

The students found the sessions really interesting. Being able to use their phones to respond to questions on sensitive issues enabled a more open discussion and all the volunteers were personable and knowledgeable. A number of students have also asked if they might be able to do some training or volunteer with OLLIE as part of their work experience this summer so the sessions obviously made a positive impact and they really recognised the great work which the Foundation does.
The session empowered our students to understand why having clear boundaries can protect their wellbeing and still allow them to safely support their friends’ in distress. A really effective session to safeguard our students from emotional contagion.

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