Hounslow Council and its health and care partners are urging people across the borough to take a short online training course to improve awareness about suicide.

In the run-up to World Suicide Prevention Day on Sunday, 10 September, the Council has joined forces with a range of partners, including North West London NHS, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust and Ealing and Hammersmith and Fulham Councils to raise awareness about the issue.

In London, around 10 people each week take their own lives. The big question is: If you knew someone was in crisis, would you know what to say?

Working with the city-wide mental health partnership, Thrive LDN, the Council is promoting the Zero Suicide Alliance’s free online training course. This helps people to spot the signs that someone might be feeling suicidal. The 20-minute course takes the viewer through a series of scenarios and offers guidance on how to open a conversation with someone you are concerned about.

So far, more than 300,000 people across London have taken the training. Now the partners want to boost the figure to the half-a-million mark.

I recently had a talk from the LB Hounslow suicide prevention unit who are promoting this online course.

2,471,285 have accessed the ZSA training worldwide – that’s potentially 2.5 million lives saved.