Our Training

All of our training listed is available in this section. But there are other options. If you are looking to bring us in to support your organization through “in-house” development then please get in touch.

Our ready to go training

Forward for Life have training that is ready to go. Locally developed by specialists in their fields. We deliver training on suicide prevention, mental health and well-being based approaches.

You could consider our highly rated one-day SCHEMA: An Approach To Suicide Prevention programme. Alternatively, you may wish to arrange online training on our WISE Steps gatekeeper workshop.

Tailored Training

We are more than happy to work with organisations to tailor training to your organisational needs. This includes Mental Health Awareness training and Well-being in the Workplace using the Five Ways to Well Being Framework. We will fit the training to your needs to best benefit your organisation.

Standardised Training in Suicide Prevention

SCHEMA Delegates: Coventry and Warwickshire 2019

Forward For Life and Associates, Common Unity, are recognised Master Trainers in both the ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and safeTALK gatekeeper training. We have successfully delivered these programmes for many years across the UK.

Discuss your training needs

If you want to discuss your organisations training and development needs or have any other inquiries about what we deliver or how we can work with you, then please, get in touch

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WISE STEPS: 05/11/20 – Sorry Fully Booked

Course: WISE STEPS Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training
Training Type: Online
Duration: 3 Hours
Date: 5th November 2020
Location: Online
Status: Fully booked

Over 6000 people take their own lives in the UK each year. There is a clear need to help those with thoughts of suicide to stay alive.

Course Description

Designed, developed and delivered by Forward For Life and Common Unity, WISE STEPS Suicide Prevention Training is an online ‘gatekeeper’ training session utilising knowledge gained from life saving programmes including the highly regarded SCHEMA Suicide Prevention one day course.

How you benefit from the WISE STEPS Workshop
  • Understand the impact of suicide and the stigma surrounding suicide.
  • Gain a knowledge of the common myths and misconceptions.
  • Have a strong base line knowledge of how to identify those at risk.
  • Gain skills in open and direct dialogue on suicide.
  • Direct those at risk to appropriate support organisations.
  • Knowledge of local and national support resources.
  • Increased confidence in supporting a person who may be at risk of suicide.
  • Understand the vital importance of self-care and personal support opportunities.

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To discuss our future training dates, what we can offer or to book a session for your organisation please get in touch

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About the facilitators:
Facilitators: Terry Rigby & Caron Thompson

Terry Rigby (Forward For Life) and Caron Thompson (Common Unity) are recognised Suicide Prevention Trainers with 50 years combined experience of working in the mental health, suicide prevention and wellbeing sector both in a strategic and operational capacity.

Since 2012, Terry and Caron have delivered suicide prevention training on behalf of Birmingham and Solihull NHS, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, Dudley Borough Council and Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Partnership Trust. Training has also been delivered across the UK to private sector and national charitable organisations including IBM, Crisis, GazProm, McDonalds, National Express and BetFred.

Since they began co-facilitating, over 3000 people have benefited from learning suicide prevention skills through Caron and Terry via a range of training programmes and events.

Suicide Prevention Data

Suicide data at your fingertips

The Suicide Prevention Profile web-pages have been produced by Public Health England. This data helps people develop understanding at a local level and support an intelligence driven approach to suicide prevention.

It brings together and presents a range of publicly available data on suicide. It also highlights associated prevalence, risk factors, and service contact among groups at increased risk. This resource also provides planners, providers and stakeholders with the means to highlight their area and benchmark against similar populations.

There are user guides and videos to help you find out more information about suicide, suicide prevention plans and government publications around suicide.

ONS: Suicide in England and Wales 2019 Registrations

Type: Statistical Bulletin
Published by Office of National Statistics, September 2020

This statistical bulletin was produced on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government. It was published through the Office of National Statistics and provides the reader with details regarding deaths concluded as being by suicide registered in 2019.

Key Main Points
  • In 2019, there were 5,691 suicides registered in England and Wales.
  • Around three-quarters of registered deaths in 2019 were among men (4,303 deaths).
  • The England and Wales male suicide rate is the highest since 2000 and remains in line with the rate in 2018; for females, the rate is the highest since 2004.
  • Males aged 45 to 49 years had the highest age-specific suicide rate; for females, the age group with the highest rate was 50 to 54 years.
  • Despite having a low number of deaths overall, rates among the under 25’s have generally increased in recent years this is particularly marked for 10- to 24-year-old females where the rate has increased significantly since 2012.
Links and Support

The direct source for this publication can be found at the following Web-Site Link hosted by The Office of National Statistics

If you are personally affected or concerned about anyone else, you can find support through the Waiting Room Online Directory.

You will find a range of services that can provide support including Samaritans and CALM.

Office of National Statistics – Suicide Data UK 2018

Pubisher: Office of National Statistics
Released: September 2019

This document released annually provides society with the latest information regarding suicide in the UK.

Forward For Life recognise that for many such information is difficult to engage with but we feel that it is important for individuals and communities understand the impact and breadth that suicide has across communities.

Superheroes Need Not Apply

One of the biggest fears around suicide is our fear of asking about it. 


When I first started running my own company working in the field of suicide prevention, my youngest child would find it hard to get his head around what I did. After seeing “The Incredibles” and the scene where Mr. Incredible saves a mans’ life from jumping off a tower block, he thought that’s what I did. It was hard for me to tell him the truth, after-all, every Dad wants to be a super-hero; or at least a rocket scientist. But unfortunately I am neither.

Late 2015, I found myself sitting unexpectedly on the BBC Breakfast Red Sofa opposite Naga Munchetty. I had been called up last minute.com to sit alongside a young Dublin chap named Jamie Harrington who at the age of 15 walked over to a man standing precariously close to the edge of a bridge and asked him “Are you O.K?” The conversation between Jamie and the man led to that man stepping back from the bridge and being alive today.

When I talked about the importance of talking to people who may have suicidal thoughts, Naga said “but you’re a specialist?” – this is even in spite of the very fact that the young man sitting next to me that morning, who was not a “specialist” had, just through the means of a conversation saved a mans’ life.

Day in, day out I engage with articles, reports, reviews, research and all manner of suicide related social media messages in a range of formats to keep myself up to speed with what is happening in the world of suicide prevention – after all, it’s my job. But preventing suicide is not something that requires a “specialist” knowledge. It is not rocket science and should never be touted as such. Neither is it just something that sits squarely in the domain of the academic world nor the clinical world.

Effective suicide prevention should not view the individual as the problem. But there is something about society and societies perceived fear of the challenge of suicide. If we are going to point the finger of blame, we maybe need to consider pointing the finger at ourselves first.

So, these are the “facts” as I see it:

1) Suicidal thought is human. It is not a direct result of mental illness but is certainly a result of crisis – A crisis so extreme for the individual with suicidal thoughts that they at that moment may not be able to see any other option. Obviously, you could argue that having suicidal thoughts means that their mental health is not good but many people with a mental illness do not attempt suicide and many people without a diagnosed mental health problem…DO.

2) Conversation is key and fear of that conversation is the barrier – We need to ask people if they are O.K. We also need to ask people if they are thinking of ending their life. If we don’t ask the question and don’t have the conversation, then we are in effect doing nothing to reduce the likely-hood of a suicide being completed.

3) Be straight up – Skirting around the edges of the possibility of suicide in a fluffy and non-direct way will mean that most people with thoughts of suicide will not open up. They will instead see you as playing no role in their final decision around suicide – therefore, we need to say it as we see it. We need to be direct and get to the point, after all a life may be at risk here.

4) Without a conversation about suicide many people will die by suicide. With the conversation, some people will still die by suicide. But at least you had the conversation. At the end of the day, there will always be suicide, however, we need to present people with opportunity to find hope in living.

5) You are not there to fix them. Many people with thoughts of suicide, given the time, the space and a non-judgmental opportunity for open dialogue will find their own solutions in keeping themselves safe. They just need a supportive hand to make their solutions come to fruition.

6) Suicide is everyone’s responsibility – For a second, forget all the statistics about people with suicidal thoughts and the likely-hood of them being in touch with mental health services, criminal justice, Doctors etc…. Just hold onto this statistic – 100% of all people that take their own life lived in a community. Therefore…it’s down to all of us. Simple.

7) We are not super-heroes, nor rocket scientists – and nor do we need to be.

If you are concerned about somebody or you are struggling and need someone to talk to then contact Samaritans – Telephone: 116123

Written by Terry Rigby (2016)

Company Director – Forward For Life

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An overview of our suicide prevention programme


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Since July 2018, Forward For Life and Common Unity have delivered SCHEMA as part of the Birmingham and Solihull CCG NHS commissioned mental health training, as in-house training for the Housing Sector (Trident Reach) and across Coventry and Warwickshire through the Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Partnership Trust as part of their Wave 1 STP for Suicide Prevention to over 400 delegates with an overall average rating of 9.5 out of 10.

Course Description

SCHEMA is a one day suicide prevention course that supports professionals and community members in effectively helping people with suicidal thoughts.

This course has been being designed and developed by experienced facilitators and practitioners in the fields of suicide prevention, mental health and well-being.

Schema delegates Coventry and Warwickshire 2019
Learning aims
  • To provide delegates with knowledge around suicide and the skills to support an individual who may be thinking of taking their own life.
  • Enable participants to learn how to develop a collaborative helping relationship focused on life options for the individual at risk.
  • To equip participants with practical tools and a framework for understanding the needs of a person at risk along with a Life Plan Model that features risk assessment and future life planning approaches.
  • Provide a safe environment for practice to build confidence and skills.

Learning aspirations for delegates
  • Spot the signals of possible suicidal ideation
  • Ask the right questions
  • Explore with empathy
  • Assess risk level and forward plan
  • Enable short term support and appropriate signposting
  • Learn the skills that could save a life

SCHEMA Delegates:

The delegates have hailed from a range of professions and a myriad of backgrounds from both the public and private sectors.

More specifically, this included the Local Authority, Social Work representatives, the Mental Health Trusts, Mental Health charities, Young People’s services, Carers Support services, Advocacy services, Public Health teams, Private and retail sector (including IBM, McDonalds, National Express and the construction sector), Homeless Support, the Education Sector, Housing and Floating Support, Autism support services, Work programme representatives, Substance Misuse Services, Later-Life Support services, Domestic Violence Support services, Emergency services, Disability Support Services and many more.

Read our briefing paper

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ManMade: A brief overview

Author: Terry Rigby, Forward For Life Company Director
Published 2016

The ManMade programme successfully supports men to be able to talk more openly about their emotions, to build their confidence and self-esteem, to know where to go for help and to support others in the community. This is achieved through an eight-week workshop programme which includes peer discussion, information sharing and self-reflection on a range of health and wellbeing topics, underpinned by person centered facilitation approaches.

Unemployment and Suicide

Between 2000 and 2011, one in five of an estimated 233,000 annual suicides globally were linked to unemployment. An international study of the impact of recession and unemployment on suicide was published in 2015 concluding suicides associated with unemployment totaled about 45,000 annually, making up about 20% of all suicides. It is also important to note though that this study also showed that unemployment was a stronger factor for suicidal ideation than recession itself meaning that even in times of relative prosperity, the experience of unemployment has devastating effects on the individual experiencing job loss which may increase the risk of suicide through mechanisms such as an increased risk of depression, financial strain and reduced affordability of mental health care. This study also highlights how employment is not always a precursor to improved wellbeing and reduced likelihood of suicidal behaviour in highlighting that falling income, zero hour contracts, job insecurity and debt can often be associated with suicide.

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ManMade Family Independent Evaluation 2016

Author: Tessa Hovarth, Renaisi
Published 2016
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This report presents findings of an evaluation of The ManMade Family
programme. This was delivered in Sandwell in 2016. ManMade is an eight week programme designed to support and empower unemployed men to take care of their own mental health and wellbeing. It was developed by Forward for Life and Common Unity in response to high levels of poor male mental health and suicide, associated with gender identity.

The MandMade Family programme successfully supported men to be able to talk more openly about their emotions, to build their confidence and self-esteem, to know where to go for help and to support others in the community.

The MM Family Approach

This programme takes a targeted approach with unemployed men aged 20-60. It looks to improve their resilience and coping skills, reduce health risk behaviours, improve their mental health and reduce risk factors for mental illness.

The approach is based on the New Economics Foundation’s Five Ways to
Well-being. The NEF suggest that mental health needs and vulnerabilities to suicidal ideation are best addressed via a holistic approach which includes internal resilience tools, self-care skills and knowledge of services.

Contact Us

For more information about ManMade or any of the services delivered through Forward For Life, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 07585776800 or email us: info@forwardforlife.org

ManMade Dudley – The Pilot: An Evaluation 2015

Author: T Rigby/Forward For Life
Published 2015
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The ManMade Dudley Programme was initially established in February 2015 as a pilot programme on behalf of Dudley Public Health. It was set up to engages unemployed men from the area to best support them emotionally and practically in taking best care of their own mental health and well-being.

This evaluation looked to cover all the aspects of ManMade, both its successes and challenges, in the hope that firstly, the learning from the programme can be cascaded to best realise a greater understanding of the complexities of men as well as secondly, providing a knowledge platform where this programme or future off-shot programmes be developed further for the benefit of the wider cohort.