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Save a life this month, by becoming a Zero Hero and learning how to help prevent suicide

Man opening shirt - Superman-style to reveal a large zero on his undershirt.As Friday’s World Suicide Prevention Day approaches, Sefton Council is encouraging people to find out about The Zero Suicide Alliance.

The Zero Suicide Alliance is a made up of National Health Service trusts, businesses and individuals who are all committed to suicide prevention in the UK and beyond.

Free training

To achieve this, the Alliance is promoting a free suicide prevention training course for everyone. The short, online training teaches you how to spot the danger signs, and how to reach out and support someone in need.

After the training, you will be able to identify when someone is showing they have suicidal thoughts or behaviour. You will also be able to speak in a supportive manner and to encourage them to contact appropriate correct services or support.

You can access the courses at www.zerosuicidealliance.com/training

Expertise

The full course takes around 30 minutes, but there’s a shorter version that just takes a few minutes. It has been developed using expertise from clinicians at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust and a leading e-learning training provider.

People in Sefton can also find out about mental health support available, on Sefton Council’s website at www.sefton.gov.uk/healthandwellbeing .