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Coronavirus: Half a million access suicide prevention course

By May 18, 2020National News

More than half a million people have accessed online training that aims to prevent suicide in the last three weeks alone, a charity has said.

The Zero Suicide Alliance said 503,000 users completed its online course during lockdown. It aims to help spot the signs that a person may need help.

It comes as health leaders warned front-line workers tackling coronavirus could suffer from mental ill health.

NHS England launched a mental health hotline to support staff last month.

The surge in demand to complete the suicide prevention programme – funded in part by the Department of Health – means the Zero Suicide Alliance reached a total of one million participants worldwide since its launch in 2017.

The online training takes around 20 minutes and leads users through the skills they might need to help someone who may be considering suicide, tackling stigma and promoting open communication.

A shorter introduction module – requiring five to 10 minutes – is also available.

For more information go to the Alliance’s website (opens in a new window)

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