Who we are
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. 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.
There are three levels to our training:
- Our Step Up module gives you a brief introduction to social isolation and how to help someone who may be struggling with isolation, it takes between five and 10 minutes.
- Our Gateway module that gives those who are interested a taster of how to approach someone who is struggling and takes about 10 minutes.
- Our ZSA Suicide Awareness module 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.
Our alliance started with four people from a 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 2,500 individual supporters and over 700 member organisations 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.
What we do
‘Words may inspire but only action creates change’
Our alliance is made up of over 1,200 people and 600 organisations (as of September 2020), each of them signed up to our alliance to make a difference, to be part of something bigger and to play a collective part in protecting the people they serve and who they care for and about.
We exist to support and help empower our members to achieve their aims, to reduce stigma and tackle those factors, which can lead to suicide.
This self-formed network means that we are able to reach into hundreds of communities and sectors, and we hope this website will further enable us to facilitate change in the most helpful ways possible for our members.
At ZSA we are constantly on the lookout for different ways to support and work with non profit organisations and healthcare providers, in order to make sure that the UK has a strong and comprehensive suicide prevention approach.
Although we are only a small team we are able to reach into hundreds of communities and sectors through this network. We hope that this website will further enable us to facilitate change.