Skip to main content

Training for Health and Social Care

At 4 Mental Health we believe that a new narrative is required for clients in emotional distress, with a move away from ‘characterising, quantifying and managing risk’, to a more robust focus on ‘compassion, a person-centred assessment and safety planning’. This vital paradigm shift places emphasis upon identifying a person’s individual risk factors, needs and strengths, instilling hope and empowering clients to seek and accept support. Our approach ensures high quality care to those at risk of self-harm and/or suicide, as every encounter should be regarded as an opportunity to intervene, reduce distress and potentially save a life.

We fully understand that professionals working within health and social care sectors hold a critical role within suicide prevention and have purposefully developed training with clinical and assessment tools, to meet the specific needs of staff working within these often demanding, time pressured service provision environments.

Our Connecting with People training modules combine compassion and governance to improve individual emotional resilience, increase empathy, reduce stigma and enhance participants ability to provide a safe, compassionate and appropriate response to clients experiencing suicidal thoughts and/or self-harm.

Our recognised Suicide Assessment Framework E-Tool (SAFETool™) is included within our Suicide Response modules and is suitable for busy professionals with assessment roles. SAFETool™ is available in a number of formats; paper copy, electronic editable pdf, Web App and a number of common clinical system templates. Used in conjunction with our training, SAFETool™ provides a comprehensive suicide mitigation approach designed to:

Improve the assessment and documentation of people at risk of suicide and/or self-harm.

Provide effective client-centred intervention practices and techniques.

Support the development of a common language, promoting a more integrated response across statutory services, third sector providers and communities.

Provide a clear structure for the recording of client information, to ensure excellent governance
Ensure compassionate engagement, tailored triage assessment, appropriate referral and client collaboration
Minimise the anxiety and emotional labour for staff when addressing the mental health concerns of others.

Suicide cannot be accurately predicted and Connecting with People training promotes the paradigm shift away from ineffective attempts to predict risk at an individual level, often as a means of allocating or excluding from care, to the adoption of a compassionate, holistic, trauma-informed and collaborative approach.

Connecting with People training uses a compassionate approach to learning, that is pragmatic and suitable for busy, time-poor services and community groups. We focus on the delegate experience which is immersive, empowering, inclusive and values based. 

Our training style uses facilitation, lecture-style presentation, open discussion and group-work to remove unconscious barriers, improve compassion, knowledge and confidence.

We’re received considerable national and international recognition for our Connecting with People training and are delighted that a significant number of NHS, PHE and council organisations across the UK, as well as parallel organisations internationally have successfully adopted our approach.

All training materials have been peer-reviewed by our international Expert Reference Group and underpinned by evidence-based principals, the latest research, best practice and invaluable input from those with lived experience.
Training delivered by highly skilled trainers, with a wealth of significant professional experience relevant to health and social care settings.

Flexible, bite sized modules designed to fit within protected learning time or shift patterns, delivered at a venue of your choice.

Connecting with People training certificates can be included within an individual’s CPD file.

Blended learning approach designed to develop understanding, skills and confidence, with appropriate case studies used for skills practice.
Two training routes for delivery are available for cost effectiveness, meeting the needs of both small and larger organisations.

We offer a number of Connecting with People modules, designed to embed knowledge of best practice and meet identified training objectives for real-life impact and improvement of individual and organisational working practices.

Modules can be delivered as:

  • ’Direct to Participant' (DtP) programmes, designed to deliver training to up to 30 delegates at a time
  • ‘Train-the-Trainer’ (TTT) programmes, enabling larger organisations to develop in-house teams of their own trainers, licensed to deliver unlimited Connecting with People training to colleagues within their organisation.
  • Webinar ’Direct to Participant' (wDtP) programmes, designed to deliver webinar training to up to 10 or 20 delegates, all parties located remotely.
  • Webinar ‘Training Conference' (wTC) programmes, designed to deliver webinar training to up to 70 delegates, all parties located remotely. This format is available on selected modules only, see Training Delivery Options.
  • Webinar ‘Train-the-Trainer’ (wTTT) programmes - enabling larger organisations to develop in-house teams of their own trainers via webinar. These trainers then licensed to deliver unlimited Connecting with People training to colleagues within their organisation


For more information on delivery formats, please click here.