I've been on a suicide awareness course before and I came away feeling that I didn't gain much knowledge. This course provided me with more knowledge and facts, but mainly the confidence on how to approach someone who has suicidal thoughts, recognise someone who may have suicidal thoughts and how to engage with someone in this situation. I also learnt about the different outcomes from people with suicidal thoughts and that not everyone with suicidal thoughts want to end their life. It's also made me think about my language and terminology, how I would speak to someone and the importance of safe guarding my own mental well being in case I ever have suicidal thoughts.
I attended the evening course, I did feel anxious before I attended, feeling I would be out of my depth because it is so different from my day job. I was put at ease and feel more confident to ask the question about suicide, and not feel like I'm intruding.