UCL Human Resources


Join the conversation and support World Suicide Prevention Day

29 August 2018

UCL Health and Wellbeing will be hosting two events on Monday 10 September: a workshop for people managers called ‘Let’s talk about suicide’ and a compassion café. Find out more.


Monday 10 September is recognised world-wide as the day to raise awareness of suicide. UCL is supporting World Suicide Prevention Day and we will be continuing to support suicide prevention throughout the year as this isn’t just about one day. We will be continuing the dialogue, providing support and delivering workshops around suicide prevention as one suicide is too many. Across the world more than 800,000 people each year take their own lives, within London the average is 15 per week.

Conversations can save lives and do. Our focus at UCL is to empower our people to have caring conversations, to check in with each other if we are concerned. This can be challenging, so we are delivering a 90 minute session 'Let’s talk about suicide' for colleagues who manage people and then in the evening from 5.30pm to 7.30pm we are holding a compassion café in the Print Room café. The cafe is open to all and will be a safe place to come along and have a chat. We will also have support available from people trained in suicide interventions and mental health first aid skills.

Join the conversation, 10 September

‘Let’s talk about suicide’ (aimed at people managers) 11am to 12.30pm

Having a conversation about suicide can be a game changer. 
This 90 minute session is about how to have a conversation about suicide: how we talk about suicide to students, our colleagues and our loved ones; how we can spot the signs of suicide and how we cope after a suicide or suicide attempt.
We have 30 places available, however we will create a waitlist and run further sessions so please do sign up
Book your place.


Compassion Café – Print Room Café 5.30pm to 7.30pm (drop in event)

Our compassion café is a safe space to come along and have a conversation. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available along with a listening ear and a friendly voice. People with mental health first aid suicide intervention skills are supporting this event. Please do come along and meet us. (No booking required).