Starting the conversation on suicide

Funding has allowed us to fund the production of an online training tool on how to talk about suicide if you are concerned about someone

Suicide awareness training tool

The suicide awareness training tool is used by various mental health organisations and groups, including the Lions Barber Collective, a registered charity that trains barbers to have conversations with men that are struggling with their mental health.

Written and produced by a member of Mersey Care staff, Joe Lewis, the video provides an example of how to start the conversation about suicide if you are concerned about someone.

The 10-minute video features a barber called Luke talking to Adam, an army veteran. Adam has just left service and is struggling to settle into civilian life, away from his old job and friends; he feels like a burden to his family and is planning to end his life. Watch how Luke starts the conversation, encourages Adam to open up about his worries, and ensures he is safe before letting him leave the barbershop.

Please be aware, this video involves conversation about suicide. If you are a suicide survivor or have been bereaved by suicide, this may be a difficult watch. Please take care and make sure you have someone supportive nearby.

Do you need urgent help?

For immediate support in an emergency please call 999.

Samaritans is a national registered charity with local branches. They are available around the clock to help anyone. To access confidential emotional support for feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts - Samaritans freephone 116 123 (free, 24/7) or email