Suicide Prevention Awareness session, with Samaritans (Thursday 19 November, 9-11am)

Help us to prevent suicides in the City, by joining us for this short, interactive session.

Suicide is the most common cause of death for men aged between 20 and 49 in England and Wales, with around three quarters of deaths by suicide being men.

Men working in the construction industry and/ or less well-off middle-aged men are at particularly high risk, according to recent reports from Samaritans and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

The City of London Corporation, alongside partners including Samaritans and the City of London Police, is committed to reducing this tragic loss of life through local suicide prevention measures.

The local business community plays a crucial role in these efforts, for example in supporting their staff to develop skills in approaching someone who is in crisis. We have been delivering these sessions to employers in the City and beyond over the past four years and they provide an easy way for firms to support these efforts.

With much-reduced footfall in the Square Mile due to the ongoing pandemic, workers who are still travelling in and out of the City, such as security officers, construction workers and cleaning staff, can be “eyes and ears” and are likely to be first responders when it comes to spotting and assisting someone who is in crisis.

This short, interactive and practical City-specific Suicide Prevention Awareness session is delivered by Samaritans volunteers, in collaboration with the City Corporation’s Public Health team and the City of London Police. It is aimed at anyone working in a City organisation – including those with responsibility for HR, facilities or security. It aims to provide the tools to start difficult conversations in a careful and sensitive way.

The session will be delivered online via Zoom.  Spaces are limited to 20 and are reserved on a first come, first served basis. Half of all profits from the training session will be donated to Samaritans’ Central London branch, with the rest reinvested to support the continued delivery of these sessions.

If you are interested in attending, but not on behalf of an organisation, we are happy to discuss a reduced price with you. Please contact us here.

If you would like to pay by invoice, please get in touch with the team here. Please note that we will not be able to offer this payment option for reservations of fewer than four places.

Attendees at previous sessions said the following about the training:

  • “Excellent session and very informative”
  • “This is a difficult subject that was communicated with compassion and sensitivity to provide a valuable learning experience”
  • “Even though I have experience in this field, the training has increased and added to my understanding”
  • “In the organisation I work in we already deliver ‘managing mental health’ workshops and this workshop was a lovely refresher and CPD”
  • “It was great to learn other ways Samaritans have to communicate and how much is being done around the city in general”
  • “Makes me see how important it is to step in if you see someone who looks like they’re suicidal”
  • “Really useful session – covers some difficult issues really carefully but also succinctly”


  • Allison Hooper, Central London Samaritans
  • Caroline Adie, Central London Samaritans
  • Mark Montgomery, City of London Police
  • Public Health team, City of London Corporation

Please note that refunds will not be permitted for tickets purchased.  Places are limited and go fast. Tickets are on a first come, first served basis. For more information and to register your interest, please visit the Eventbrite page here.

Event details

Thu, 19 November 2020 11/19/20 9:00 am til 11/19/20 11:00 am
Online (via Zoom)
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