Orbit – a suicide prevention framework for organisations

Orbit – What is Orbit?

Orbit – An organisation based approach to suicide prevention

Orbit is an approach that supports organisations to have increased preparedness when suicide occurs. 

Many organisations do not have the adequate preparedness in place in respect to incidents of suicide. Orbit is a wraparound tailored approach that assesses the extent of preparedness in respect of policies, practices and procedures being in place when a suicide occurs (both directly and indirectly related to the organisation).

It also incorporates post-suicide reflection opportunities for organisations to consider future internal development to reduce the likelihood of recurrence. The impact of suicide is huge and within an organisation it has huge ranging negative connotations.

By having Orbit in place an organisation will be better able to respond effectively and appropriately to a suicide incident be it the suicide of a staff member/service user/citizen or an important ‘other’ linked to a staff member/service user/citizen within an organisation.

Connecting Community Networks CCN

What is Connecting Community Networks All About?

Life can be hard…but for some, because of particular circumstances, and more often than not, through no fault of their own, life can be much harder still. Connecting Community Networks recognises this and looks to protect and enhance citizen well-being and promote life quality. It oversees the delivery of a number of much needed holistic services that has real, evidenced based wellbeing benefits for some of our most vulnerable members in the community.

CCN takes a different approach from many other traditional services by starting from a premise of vulnerability and risk due to life challenges and looking to demonstrate a positive resolution for the individual based on improved wellbeing.

The Organisations Behind CCN

Common Unity is the central driving force behind all of the CCN programmes with external expertise being brought into the process to best deliver all elements of each and every programme. This partnership arrangement means that from conceptualisation right through to the point of evaluation, specialist support is realised to demonstrate the potential for such approaches to improving well-being.

What Programmes Are in Place?

URBRUMweb based community centred platform, is all about discovering innovative ways of engaging communities with their own health and wellbeing and the health and well-being of those around them. Its approach to engagement, information and intelligence sees communities as both the recipients and providers of health and well-being intelligence with a view that through such an organic process, services and support will continue to best reflect what communities need and want.

ASIST/safeTALK – Delivery of the world renowned suicide prevention programmes across specific Birmingham sectors to best identify and support those who are vulnerable in respect of suicidal ideation and behaviour.

ManMade: Through The Gates – Utilising the ManMade Peer Led support approach that enables men to survive in modern day society, ManMade: TTG is an exciting opportunity to test the model and its impact with men at HMP Birmingham who are soon to be released back to the community.

ManMade: Cruse – Men often find it difficult to engage regarding their losses in life and thus can play a negative part in men coping with crisis through loss. This programme looks to achieve greater resilience and well-being through providing men with the opportunity to engage with the area of loss and bereavement as part of a Peer Led Support Programme led by specialists in the field of Bereavement.

Bloom in Birmingham is a unique project aimed at reducing social isolation and improving the physical and mental well-being of women living in Birmingham and at risk regarding their health utilising a peer led support approach.

Schema – an approach to suicide prevention

Who SCHEMA is designed for

Forward For Life and Common Unity believe that suicide prevention requires a range of approaches to be effective. One of the key approaches is through the delivery of training that looks to strengthen the knowledge base, the skill base and the resilience levels within and across our communities for all community members both in a professional context and general population context.

SCHEMA, as a one day training programme, has been developed and designed to enable people from all walks of life, through adopting a six stage approach, to reduce the likelihood of potential suicide behaviour and therefore reduce suicide.

SCHEMA – How it will help you:

• Spot the signals of possible suicide ideation

• Ask the right questions

• Explore with empathy

• Assess risk and forward plan

• Enable short-term support and appropriate signposting

• Learn the skills that can save lives

For further information about this training, please feel free to contact us.

All in the mind? – Mental Health Awereness Training

Training type – Tailored
Overview: Mental Health…What’s it all about? Designed locally, MHAT takes a fresh approach to disentangle the often confusing area of Mental Health and how it impacts on ourselves, our families and the wider society around us.

Course content:
1) Understand the differences between mental health problems, Mental Health and Mental Wellbeing
2) Have an understanding of different mental health problems including signs, symptoms and causes.
3) Gain knowledge as to the effects of mental health problems on a person’s self-esteem and wellbeing.
4) Appreciate the impact of stigma and discrimination experienced by people with mental health problems.
5) Have an opportunity to look at our mental health and look at ways of supporting it.
6) Gain an understanding of the prevalence of mental health problems in today’s society and the myths surrounding mental health problems.

Duration: 1 Day – 20 people


Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) – Approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO), ASIST is a licensed and internationally standardised programme teaching a robust model of suicide intervention with 6 easy-to-remember steps.

Facilitated by highly skilled Master Trainers, ASIST is a comprehensive two day course which enables communities to become more willing, ready and able to help persons at risk of suicide and work towards building suicide safer communities. Recognised by the World Health Organisation and delivered to over a million people worldwide, ASIST is an interactive and practical course that has been proven to help people know how to identify risk and intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.

Since its initial creation over 30 years ago, ASIST has been developed and refined multiple times to best upskill delegates to be ready, willing, and able to help someone who is having thoughts of suicide.

ASIST is intensive, interactive and practice dominated.


After being trained our delegates have told us they feel more able to

►  Identify people who have thoughts of suicide
►  Understand how your beliefs and attitudes can affect suicide interventions
►  Seek and share and understanding of the reasons for thoughts of suicide and the reasons for living
►  Review current risk & develop a plan to increase safety from suicidal behaviour for an agreed amount of time
►  Accessing further help as needed.


Training type – Licenced

Overview: MHFA is the help given to someone experiencing a mental health problem before professional help is obtained.

Course content:

How to….

preserve life where a person may be a danger to themselves or others

provide help to prevent the mental health problem developing into a more serious state

promote the recovery of good mental health

provide comfort to a person experiencing a mental health problem

raise awareness of mental issues in the community

reduce stigma and discrimination


Training type – Licenced


Mental Health First Aid Lite (MHFA) is about enabling individuals to provide initial support for someone in a mental health crisis situation or who is developing a mental health problem

Course content:

This 3 hour course will enabling participants to:

• gain a wider understanding, for themselves and others, of some issues surrounding mental health

• gain a greater understanding of how and why positive and negative mental health affects business

• work more effectively with people experiencing mental health problems

• identify the discrimination surrounding mental health problems

• define mental health & some mental health problems

• relate to people’s experiences

• help support people with mental health problems

• begin developing a business case for promoting mental health in the workplace

• look after their own mental health.


Individuals attending the course will receive the official MHFA Lite Manual and a certificate of attendance accredited by MHFA England


safeTALK is a half-day course that offers you practical steps to help someone with thoughts of suicide and helps you both to connect with more specialised support. The safeTALK course was developed by LivingWorks in Canada and is delivered worldwide. It compliments our more comprehensive 2 day ASIST course by widening the net of suicide alert helpers to ensure that thoughts of suicide aren’t missed, dismissed or avoided.

safeTALK is a licensed and internationally standardised half-day course that offers you practical steps to help someone with thoughts of suicide and helps you both to connect with more specialised support.


The safeTALK course was developed by LivingWorks in Canada and is delivered worldwide. It complements the more comprehensive 2 day ASIST course by widening the net of suicide alert helpers to ensure that thoughts of suicide aren’t missed, dismissed or avoided. Through attending the safeTALK course, delegates will know what to do if someone’s suicidal through following the easy to remember TALK steps – Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep-safe. These practical steps offer immediate help to someone having thoughts of suicide and helps you both move forward to connect with more specialised support.


Training type – Licensed


Internationally licensed training.

This program alerts community members to signs that a person may be considering suicide. It acknowledges that while most people at risk of suicide signal their distress and invite help, these intervention opportunities are often overlooked.


Course content:

safeTALK is a half-day course that offers you practical steps to help someone with thoughts of suicide and helps you both to connect with more specialised support.

Participants learn to recognise when someone may have thoughts of suicide and to respond in ways that link them with further suicide intervention help. Suicide alert helpers contribute to a suicide safer community.


Duration: 3.5 hours

Up to groups of 30 delegates


Training type – Tailored


Stress has devastating effects across society, costing millions to business, to the health sector and having an untold impact on all our lives both directly and indirectly. This short course provides delegates with the opportunity to get informed and be enabled to take on stress through some simple yet effective approaches

Course content:

What is stress?

The causes of stress

The impact of stress?

How might we cope with stress?


Duration: 3 Hours

Up to 20 delegates (Group bookings only)


Training type – Tailored


Poor Well-Being over a period of time effects our quality of life and often the quality of life of those around us. is Well-Being & You provides a good baseline understanding of ways to promoting personal wellbeing and well-being in self and others

Course content:

Have a clear understanding as to the nationally recognised 5 ways to wellbeing and the evidence base behind it

Have considered the five ways to wellbeing and potential opportunities for self/others.

Have gained a clear understanding of the local five ways to wellbeing programmes available.


Duration: 3 hours


Up to 20 delegates (Group booking only)


Training type – Tailored

Overview: Organisations across all sectors are recognising that workforce mental health is key to ensuring the future stability and growth of business. Mental Health & Work looks to both inform and provide self-support skills at an individual level whilst also highlighting what can be done at a wider level to optimise good mental health across the workforce.

Course content:

What is mental health all about?

What might be the causes?

What’s the costs?

How might our mental health impact on the workplace?

How might the workplace impact on our mental health?

Solutions for developing better mental health in the workplace – person-centred

Solutions for developing better mental health in the workplace – Work centred

The importance of work-life balance


Duration: 3 Hours

Up to 20 delegates (Group bookings only)

Dudley Resource List

As part of the programme of training we deliver, there is a need to ensure that local information is available for the participants who engage with us. Below you will find links for Local Resource Lists that have been developed to date. Please feel free to download/print as required. These Local Resource Lists are provided as an information resource only. Forward For Life by offering these Resource Lists do not endorse, guarantee or necessarily represent the information or views of other organisations and/or other websites there in.


Provides help and advice to help you stop smoking.
0800 085 0652

Working to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia.
Castlemill, Burnt Tree, Dudley DY4 7UF
0121 521 3021

Offering support after the death of someone close.
01384 262878


Support Group for Carers.
01562 8835331

The young person’s alcohol and drug service in Dudley
1 Castle Street, Dudley DY1 1LG
01384 241440


We help people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice, and by influencing policymakers.
Marlborough House, 11 St James’s Road,
Dudley DY1 1JG
01384 816222

Working with individuals, families and communities that are affected by drugs, alcohol, crime, homelessness, domestic abuse and antisocial behaviour.
Atlantic House, Dudley Road, Lye, Stourbridge
01384 426120

An independent local voluntary organisation that
supports, promotes and develops local voluntary action.
7 Albion Street, Brierley Hill, Dudley, West
Midlands DY5 3EE
01384 573381

Provides a range of statutory services to support health and social care needs.
Council House, Priory Road, Dudley DY1 1HF
0300 555 2345

Provides information, advice and services to support health and wellbeing.
Dudley MBC, 8th Floor, Falcon House, The
Minories, Dudley DY2 8PG
01384 814050

Offering NHS healthcare from 8 am until 8 pm, seven
days a week and every day of the year.
Holly Hall Clinic, Stourbridge Road, Dudley
0330 1239225


Providing a wide range of integrated mental health services to children, adults and older people across the communities of Dudley and Walsall.
Trafalgar House, 47-49 King Street, Dudley
0300 555 0262

Aiming to improve the mental health of people living in the local area.
221 Hagley Road, Oldswinford, Stourbridge
01384 442938

Supporting people with mental health issues to get through crises and to live independently.
Criterion House, 120 King Street, Dudley DY2
01384 358313

If something’s troubling you, then get in touch. We’re here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Beryl House, 8 Albion Street, Brierley Hill DY5 3EE
08457 90 90 90

SAMh (Support Association for Mental Health)
Making sure that Mental Health services are meeting the needs of people today.


Aims to improve later life for everyone through information and advice, services, campaigns, products, training and research.
Junction 1905, 1 Cradley Road, Netherton,
Dudley DY2 9RA
01384 354508

WellMind is a free NHS mental health and wellbeing app
designed to help you with stress, anxiety and depression.
It includes advice, tips and tools to improve your mental
health and boost your wellbeing. Download for free now
on iPhones, iPads and Android devices by searching
‘WellMind’ on the App Store or Google Play.
 www.dwmh.nhs.uk/WellMind
Offering advice, relationship counselling, sex therapy,
workshops, mediation, consultations and support face-toface,
by phone & through their website.
 16a Stone Street, Dudley DY1 1NS
 01902 428447
 relatewolves@hotmail.com
 www.relate-wolverhampton.org.uk
Online Counselling Service for young people.
 www.kooth.com
Young peoples’ advice and information services and
therapeutic counselling.
 23 Coventry Street, Stourbridge. West
Midlands DY8 1EP
 01384 379992
 thewhatcentre@aol.com
 www.thewhatcentre.com
Suicide Prevention Men
HELPLINE: 5pm – Midnight 0800 58 58 58
TEXT: 07537 404717
Suicide Prevention Young People
Helpline: HOPELineUK 0800 068 41 41
Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org
Supporting communities to be suicide safer through
specialist, licensed internationally licensed training
programmes. Resources for suicide prevention online
 07585776800
 www.forwardforlife.org
 info@forwardforlife.org
 www.common-unity.com

Birmingham Resource List

As part of the programme of training we deliver, there is a need to ensure that local information is available for the participants who engage with us.


Below you will find links for Local Resource Lists that have been developed to date. Please feel free to download/print as required. These Local Resource Lists are provided as an information resource only. Forward For Life by offering these Resource Lists do not endorse, guarantee or necessarily represent the information or views of other organisations and/or other websites therein.



Housing Support

Trident Housing
0121 633 4633

Local Communities My Time, Small Health,
0121 766 6699

Housing Support Ashram Housing Assoc.
0121 764 3800

Family Housing Association
0121 766 1100

FCH Housing & Care
0300 123 1745

Future Health & Social Care
0121 265 2650

Moseley & District Churches Housing Association
0121 442 5000

Nehmain Housing Association
0121 358 0966

Drugs & Alcohol

KIKIT Drop in Centre
153 Straford Rd, Sparkbrook
0121 771 1119

Terrace Community Drugs Team
0121 301 1660

Alcoholics Anonymous Helpline
0121 212 0111

Aquarius Community Alcohol
0121 414 0888

Birmingham Drugline
0121 632 6363

0800 776600

Narcotics Anonymous
0300 999 1212

Asian Community Asian Resource Centre
0121 523 0580

Community Engagement
0121 301 1060

Sparkhill Mental Health Team
0121 301 5370

Rethink Asian Language Mental Health Helpline
0808 800 2073

Bangladesh Multi-purpose Centre
0121 326 9500

Midlands Vietnamese Community Association
0121 554 96 85

MASHRIQ (Mental Health Asian Women)
0121 551 5478

The Chinese Community Centre
0121 685 8510

Irish Community Irish Welfare and Information Centre
0121 604 6111

African Caribbean Community Cope Black Mental Health Foundation
0121 551 7984

Servol Community Trust
0121 454 3081

African Caribbean Millennium
Centre, Winson Green,
B18 4HB
0121 455 6382

Domestic Abuse

Women’s’ Aid
0808 2000247

Rape and Sexual Violence Project Helpline
0121 233 3818

Bereavement Support Cruse Bereavement Care
General – 0121 687 8011

Helpline – 0121 6878010

Relationship Support Relate Birmingham
0121 643 1638

National Links & Helplines

Campaign Against Living Miserably Suicide Prevention Men
HELPLINE: 5pm – Midnight 0800 58 58 58
TEXT: 07537 404717

Papyrus Suicide Prevention Young People

Helpline: HOPELineUK 0800 068 41 41
Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org

Samaritans Listening Support Service
Helpline: 116123
Email: jo@samaritans.org

Young People Amazon Young Peoples Counselling Service
0121 236 9222

Birmingham Youth Service
0121 464 559

Life Line Counselling for Drugs in Birmingham
0121 622 7780

Birmingham Space (Barnados)
0121 212 2855

Police Anti-social behaviour
0121 303 1111


Central Switchboard Non Emergencies
0845 113 5000

Crime Stoppers
0800 555 111

Fire Service Home Safety Checks
0800 389 5525

General enquires
0845 5000 900

Some Useful Local Links


The Waiting Room

Waiting Room

Forward For Life
Birmingham Voluntary Service Council

Birmingham & Solihull MH Foundation


The Mental Health Foundation


Carers UK

Other useful National & RegionalNumbers

Mental Health & Learning Disabilities Foundation
0207 803 1100

0208 519 2122

Rethink National Advice Service
0845 456 0455

Centre for Mental Health
0207 827 8300

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide
0844 561 6855

0800 1111

Self Help

National Mind

Advice from National Mind if you are having suicidal feelings



Counselling Directory (UK)

Directory to help find a counsellor or psychotherapist if dealing with Suicidal Thoughts.



The 5 Ways To Well-Being

How you can support your own well-being and understand your own mental health



“U Can Cope”

A useful on-line resource produced by the Royal College of Psychiatrists for young people who are struggling in life.


Online Support and Help Lines


Offers support to anyone in distress, around the clock, through 201 branches across the UK and Republic of Ireland. A 24/7 helpline service which gives you a safe space where you can talk about what is happening, how you are feeling, and how to find your own way forward.

www.samaritans.org.uk / Telephone: 116 123 / email: jo@samaritans.org


CALM (the campaign against living miserably) exists to prevent male suicide in the UK.

The national helpline is open 7 days a week, 5pm to midnight. Callers can talk through any issue, C.A.L.M will listen and offer information and signposting. Calls are anonymous & confidential and won’t show up on the phone bill. Calls are free from landlines, payphones and Orange, Virgin & 3 mobile networks. Other mobile networks and supermarket brand sims may charge.

www.thecalmzone.net / Telephone: 0800 58 58 58


A national, out-of-hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers. Open every day of the year from 6pm to 11pm.

www.sane.org.uk / Telephone: 0845 767 8000


Run by Papyrus, an organisation that provides confidential young suicide prevention advice.

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm and 7pm – 10pm, weekends 2pm – 5pm.

www.papyrus-uk.org / Telephone: 08000 68 41 41 (national call rates apply)


Birmingham is a fusion of ethnicities. People from all walks of life, people from many different cultures – people like us. Brummies. Black, brown, white, yellow…whatever, it doesn’t matter.

Most of us just want to live in peace with our neighbours, not cause trouble and not be troubled. But this diversity of race and culture may cause issues when people misunderstand each others’ way of life. Urbrum is all about bringing people together. It’s about us gaining a better understanding of our cultural differences, allowing ourselves to see the other side of the story and to make Birmingham one community…one community where everyone belongs and no-one is ignored. One community that we, and our children, can be proud of. Urbrum is community driven. It aims to promote a much needed dialogue on issues related to mental well-being.

We are not target driven, we are people driven and community focussed – Urbrum is not exclusive – it aims to include everyone and to appeal to everyone… because Urbrum is for everyone.

One in four people are likely to experience a mental health problem every year and there is still a great stigma attached to mental health disorders. Unfortunately, our communities do not engage with health, social care and mental health promoting opportunities…and maybe it’s not only about us not engaging…maybe its as much to do with services not knowing who they serve. Urbrum hopes to address this problem, bridging the gap between the community and good mental health awareness. It has a multi-cultural, multi-faith focus on a range of life-style themed areas.

So, what exactly does Urbrum do?

Urbrum provides a platform for conversation, an opportunity to state our case and through connecting, for us all to improve our life chances and give back to our communities.

It provides invaluable work experience in the fields of Media, Health and Social Care, along with a pathway to further education and training…but more importantly, it provides a community voice. Urbrum is also an accessible hub for Birmingham’s Health and Social Care services, as well as a platform from which the community can have a voice about these services and any other issues that may be affecting people’s lives. Urbrum is a bold, stand-alone brand supported by grass-roots local social enterprises – a member driven idea that encapsulates the concept of living well in its widest possible sense allowing everyone who engages the opportunity to realise their full potential.