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Let's talk about suicide prevention

In support of World Suicide Prevention Day today (10th September), Gloucestershire Suicide Prevention Partnership (GSPP) is launching an incentive to get as many people as possible to complete free online training that could help prevent a suicide.

The training from Zero Suicide Alliance, called Suicide - Let's Talk, is open to everyone and takes around 20 minutes to complete. Once the training has been completed, you can claim a free drink and cake or healthy snack from community cafés across Gloucestershire.

The partnership wants to train as many people as possible in the county to be able to identify when someone is having suicidal thoughts or showing suicidal behaviour, to help them to speak out in a supportive way, and to feel able to point the person towards to the correct services or support.

The reward can be claimed from selected local cafés simply by taking a screenshot of the 'thank you' page, or by printing the page and showing it to café staff. The incentive will be available for as long as funding lasts, so take the training as soon as possible to make sure you qualify for your free cake!

The cafés taking part across the county are:

  • School House Café (Cheltenham)
  • The Sober Parrot (Cheltenham)
  • Café 31 (Cinderford)
  • Black Cat Café (Northleach)
  • Good News Centre Café (Newent)
  • Treasure Seekers Hub (Gloucester)
  • The Clean Plate (Gloucester)
  • Friendship Café (Gloucester)
  • The Canteen (Nailsworth)
  • Roses Theatre (Tewkesbury)
  • Priors Park Neighbourhood Project (Tewkesbury)

Cllr Tim Harman, cabinet member for public health and communities, said: "Suicide prevention remains a challenge locally and globally. We can all help to reduce the number of suicides in Gloucestershire by being alert to the signs, and encouraging people to talk to someone and reach out for support. This training will help save lives."

The free training can be accessed here .

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