Suicide prevention - equipping our community with the knowledge and skills to reduce the pain for those of us experiencing suicidal thoughts.


LIFE Worth Living… suicide prevention training was developed by Washington Mind originally as an integral part of the NHS South of Tyne and Wear Emotional Health and Well-being Strategy 2010-2020. The Strategy was produced in response to the comprehensive Mental Health Needs Assessment, carried out across South of Tyne and Wear which was published in 2009.


LIFE worth living… Suicide prevention training is focused upon equipping our community with the knowledge and skills to reduce the pain for those of us experiencing suicidal thoughts.

There are many myths about suicide, get the facts… attend the training.

Suicide Prevention Training

LIFE Worth Living half day training sessions are available for people living, working and volunteering in the Sunderland, South Tyneside and Gateshead localities who wish to increase their knowledge, skills and confidence with regard to suicide prevention, to offer support and information with the aim of saving lives. The training is also available in Redcar and Cleveland as well as the North Staffordshire areas. Please contact local Minds in these localities for further information.

In Crisis?

What is a crisis?
Crisis can mean different things to different people. When we use the term crisis we mean overwhelming thoughts and/or feelings to either hurt yourself, hurt somebody else or you are planning or attempting suicide.

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Training For Trainers

Washington Mind had a vision to develop A LIFE Worth Living Training for Trainers and community suicide prevention model.

Thanks to funding from the Northern Rock Foundation this wish is now a reality.

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World Suicide Prevention Day 2016

This year the message is to ‘Connect. Communicate. Care.’ Washington Mind, working closely with our local Fire Service (TWFRS) are attending a breakfast at Washington Fire Station Headquarters to promote the message that talking about suicide and suicidal thoughts is a positive step to seeking appropriate and timely support.  The Fire Station staff have made a donation, showing their support and with this we will be providing yellow ribbons; the symbol of World Suicide Prevention Day and will also provide a candle with the message “Light a candle near a window at 8pm to show your support for Suicide Prevention to remember a lost loved one and for the survivors of suicide.” Following on from the breakfast, 15 members of staff are attending the Washington Mind A LIFE Worth Living Suicides Prevention training, which on this occasion has been funded by The Matt Palmer Trust.  This community approach continues to challenge and change attitudes and stigma to...

O.N.S. Suicide Statistics Released!

The Office for National Statistics (O.N.S.) have released the latest suicide data for 2014. Suicide prevention still remains high on our agenda.  The statistics show a decrease Nationally, however one suicide is one too many and together we can all continue to make a difference.  To book your place on the A LIFE Worth Living Training click here! Here are some of the findings from the latest report: •There were 6,122 suicides of people aged 10 and over registered in the UK in 2014, 120 fewer than in 2013 (a 2% decrease) •The UK suicide rate was 10.8 deaths per 100,000 population in 2014. The male suicide rate was more than 3 times higher than the female rate, with 16.8 male deaths per 100,000 compared with 5.2 female deaths •The male suicide rate in the UK decreased in 2014 from 17.8 to 16.8 deaths per 100,000 population; while the female suicide rate increased from 4.8 to 5.2 deaths per 100,000 population •The highest suicide rate in the UK in 2014 was among men aged 45 to 59, at 23.9 deaths per 100,000, slightly lower than the record high seen in 2013. This age group also had the highest rate among women, at 7.3 deaths per 100,000 population •The suicide rate in England increased in 2014 (10.3 deaths per 100,000). The increase was driven by a rise in female suicides. Suicide rates decreased in Wales (9.2 deaths per 100,000), Scotland (14.5 deaths per 100,000) and Northern Ireland (16.5 deaths per 100,000) •The highest suicide rate in England was in the North East at 13.2 deaths per 100,000 population; London had the...

Our Pledges

The aim of the LIFE programme is to raise awareness of suicide and its symptoms and possible prevention; to get people speaking about what is still a taboo subject, often ‘the elephant in the room.’ The main aim of the ‘elephant in the room’ campaign is to remove the stigma associated with the subject and to have it spoken about in real life situations by real people… My pledge to prevent suicide...

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