Zero Suicide Alliance
The Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA) is a collaboration of National Health Service trusts, charities, businesses and individuals who are all committed to suicide prevention in the UK and beyond. We are an alliance of people and organisations coming together around one basic principle:
Suicide is preventable
The ZSA is ultimately concerned with improving support for people contemplating suicide by raising awareness of, and promoting, FREE suicide prevention training which is accessible to all. There are two levels to our training:
Gateway Training that gives those who are interested a taster of how to approach someone who is struggling and takes about 10 minutes.
Advanced training that takes around 25 minutes to complete and gives you the skills and awareness to recognise when someone may be contemplating taking their own life.
The aims of this training are to: enable people to identify when someone is presenting with suicidal thoughts/behaviour, to be able to speak out in a supportive manner, and to empower them to signpost the individual to the correct services or support.
Our Alliance started with four people froma variety of backgrounds, but united by passion and determination to encourage collaboration and learning to help prevent suicide across the UK.
Inspired by the Zero Suicide movement in the US and the Alliance founding members’ vast experience of navigating the UK healthcare system, the Alliance has grown to support NHS and Public Health organisations. It has built an impressive grass roots membership that now has over 1,200 members across the UK and the globe.
Our members come from all walks of life as either organisations or individuals but all are united by a passionate belief that we can make a difference, by working together, sharing learning, best practice and support for suicide prevention.