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World Suicide Prevention Day

Safetalk & ASIST Training explained by our trainers on World Suicide Prevention Day


As we reflect on World Suicide Prevention Day 2021, the individuals who know our training best, our Safetalk and ASIST Trainers Lorraine and Mary Anne want to remind people about the training we deliver to help create a world where fewer people die by suicide.


The last 18 months have been extraordinary, and people may be facing difficulties such as job losses, relationship breakdowns, financial worries, coping with everyday life and much more. In an unequal world, it does seem likely that there will be an increase in people thinking about suicide and people acting on those thoughts, given that it is reported that now more than ever, people are struggling with poor mental health. Our training aims to prevent suicide from happening in our communities and support individuals experiencing these thoughts. It is important that we remember that suicide is preventable.

Our Safetalk Training prepares anyone 15 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. SafeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST.

Lorraine Hamilton, Head of Training for Hull and Yorkshire Mind and MindWorks said:


“This is probably the most important training you will ever take that can save a life when someone is in their darkest place. For World Suicide Prevention Day, and every other day of the year, let’s come together to create a world where fewer people die by suicide.”


Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is the world’s leading workshop training practical skills in recognising people who may be thinking about suicide, intervening to open a discussion about suicide, learning to recognise an individual’s unique connections to life, and working with those to create a life-saving pause in the journey towards acting on suicide thoughts.


Mary Anne Crook, a delivery trainer for Hull and East Yorkshire Mind & England’s most experienced trainer for Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) said:


“Participants learn so much from one another, and the learning extends to the trainers as well. Very few people arrive on the training without a suicide related story to process and share, and this is built into the learning. Sometimes people have difficult memories triggered and require a bit of individual support there and then, a safety aspect you cannot build into online training”.


“ASIST teaches a form of first aid. When you think about the impact of having trained first aiders on the chances of survival for someone waiting for an ambulance, you get the idea of why we need as many people as possible to learn suicide first aid skills. One in twenty people are thinking about suicide right now. We always point out to people that think they are on the training because of their job, they are just as likely to use what they learn with friends, family, neighbours and strangers. On World Suicide Prevention day one of the most meaningful actions you could take is to start looking into how you could attend this life-changing and life-saving course”.

Our Mental Health Awareness Week Pack

This year the Mental Health Foundation have chosen ‘Nature and the Environment’ as the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week from the 10th-16th May 2021. The week is an opportunity to open our eyes to the power of nature. The evidence is clear that access to nature is crucial to our mental health and millions of people have rediscovered this during lock downs.

We have created a 2 page document for businesses to download which gives tips and advice on how your employees can explore nature, its benefits and how to start those important conversations about mental health.

Download our pack here: Publication1

We are now an Approved Proqual Training Centre

Mindworks Training is very pleased to announce that it is now an Approved Proqual Training Centre delivering Level 2 Youth Mental Health First Aid Awareness, an Ofqual regulated qualification. Working with local grassroots sporting organisations to raise awareness of the signs of mental health issues in young people. If this is something that interests you and your organisation please contact us at [email protected].

Time to Talk Day – How to start a conversation

Its Time to Talk to Day on Thursday and we wanted to share an idea our Training Manager Lorraine has shared with us.

We all know how important it is to talk to about mental health or even just have a conversation about everyday life and that’s exactly the same in a working environment.

Lorraine shared with us an idea we thought would be great for businesses to use to have conversations with their employees via online conferencing, take a look below for our step by step guide of how to implement it.

STEP 1 – Organise a rota in which senior staff members each have an hours slot to be available for employees to chat with them over your chosen online conferencing software on Time to Talk Day.

STEP 2 – Ensure the software you are using can offer breakout rooms for individuals to have a more private conversation if needed.

STEP 3 – Advertise the days rota to your employees inviting them to grab a coffee and have a chat with a member of staff online. It doesn’t have to be about mental health, it could be about the day they’ve had, what they did at the weekend or how they’re getting on at the moment.

STEP 4 – Enjoy the conversation, your helping to better understand how your staff are feeling and offer them help if required.

There’s lots of different online conferencing software you can use, we especially like Microsoft Teams and Zoom but there are others such as Google Hangouts and Skype.


If your business does need support surrounding mental health in the workplace please call 01482 240134 or email [email protected]

To find out more about our courses you can request our digital brochure here. 

Request our new digital brochure

We have launched our new digital brochure this week which details all of the mental health courses we offer.

We cover a range of different topics, and now more than ever it’s crucial that organisations look after their employees and make mental health a priority in the workplace. Our brochure can be tailored to your needs and will highlight the courses we think would be the most beneficial for your employees.

Our courses can teach your employees about handling stress, looking after their wellbeing, spotting the signs in fellow employees of poor mental health and we can also train them to be a Mental Health First Aiders.

At such a difficult time we understand businesses are wanting to prioritise their employee’s mental health and with our wealth of experience we can help to make that process as easy as possible.

Currently we can offer virtual training online using the most appropriate software for your organisation. Our skilled team will welcome your staff and ensure the online training given is just as informative as in the classroom. Click here to view a short video on how we deliver our online training.

Use our contact form on our website here, and let us know what training you would be interested in and we can send over our new brochure tailored to you. You can also get in touch with us at [email protected] or by calling 01482 240134.

You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram @MWTrainingUK

FREE SafeTALK suicide alertness training

We’re delivering some FREE Safetalk suicide alertness training at the Endeavour Learning and Skills Centre throughout October and November. This is a face-to-face 3 hour session aimed at anyone, 15 or over, who wants to help people to be safer from suicide.

The session uses videos and discussion to raise alertness to thoughts of suicide and raise confidence to have these important conversations that can keep someone safe.

The dates available are,

5th October

15th October

5th November

12th November

7th December


The time slots available are,

9.30am to 12.30pm


1pm to 4pm


To book your place please email [email protected]

We’ve made new and exciting changes to our website

We have recently updated our website to include information on our new way of working, a new meet the team section and most importantly, you can now see how our work helps to change lives in the local area.

As the training arm of Hull and East Yorkshire Mind, we not only deliver exceptional training packages to enable employees to stay well, but every time a business invests in our training, it helps local people to receive life changing support from Hull and East Yorkshire Mind.

Mindworks Training aims to raise awareness around the diverse area of mental health, as well as working towards breaking down the stigma and barriers surrounding mental health.

We want you to remind you that MindWorks Training is here to support you and your employees.

If you want more information on how to keep your staff mentally healthy, please call 01482 240134 or email [email protected]

How we can help your employees mental health

Over the last few months, everyone has been faced with new challenges throughout the Covid 19 pandemic. We have seen new restrictions put in place, new ways of working introduced, and a halt to our everyday lives. As businesses all over the country start to re-open, we know that some people will be anxious about returning to the work environment or the possibility of facing redundancy.

Mindworks Training is the training arm of Hull and East Yorkshire Mind. We are here to support businesses by delivering short online training sessions to improve mental health and wellbeing. Training topics can include mental health awareness or leading your staff through change. Mindworks Training brings over 40 years of experience from Hull and East Yorkshire Mind -supporting local people to improve their mental health.

If you are interested in mental health training, or if you want a chat to discuss how we can help you, then contact us on 01482 240134 or email [email protected]