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Orange Button Community Scheme

People who are having thoughts of suicide, or who are worried about a friend or family member, can now push the button when they see someone wearing a distinctive orange badge, and ask them for information and support.

The orange button is worn by people in Lancashire and South Cumbria who have undergone extensive suicide prevention training, and while they are not able to counsel people, they can provide comprehensive signposting to relevant services.

There is also an orange button sticker that can be supplied to businesses and organisations such as cafes, shops and pubs, to place in a prominent window alerting people to trained staff available to help.

Orange button card

Scheme aims

  • Create a community of people trained in suicide awareness that have gained skills, including active listening, from quality assured training.

  • Creating a network of organisations that have orange button wearers in place that can be identified, listen and signpost.

  • To ensure all communities are aware of the Orange Button, what it signifies and how people can be involved, by promoting from within the community.

Scheme elements

  • The orange button is linked to existing training sessions that are already quality assured and are at least half day duration.

  • Suicide prevention training is currently funded across the ICS. If funding is removed, training providers have 3 further years worth of Orange Buttons to provide at the end of quality assured training.

  • 10,000 packs have been produced for distribution attached to Suicide Prevention training, which include a pin badge, window sticker and support card information. Pin badge can be removed when required, window sticker used if required.

  • Within the 1st year, the Suicide Prevention team will follow up delegates with a quarterly rolling evaluation form to ensure the scheme is providing benefit.


Orange button on a lanyard photo

How can I get an Orange Button?

If you would like to make a difference in your community by becoming an orange button holder, you will need to take a suicide awareness course (more information below) to ensure you are equipped with the skills to help and signpost people. If taking a digital course, you will be asked to complete an online form to receive your orange button and support pack. If the course is face-2-face, the training provider will give you your orange button and support pack at the end of the session.

Once you have completed your training you can wear the button on your lanyard or clothing to identify you as somebody that has received suicide awareness training.

Training opportunities

Funded training options are available through Lancashire Mind and their partners, which are linked to the Orange Button Community Scheme.  To book on or for more information, please contact admin@lancashiremind.org.uk

You can find a full list of all Suicide Prevention Training here. 

There are suicide prevention training options available, both virtual and face to face, to ensure this training is delivered safely and is as accessible to as many people as possible at this difficult time. 

Training options:

Suicide First Aid Lite

This half day workshop supports learners to help someone move from a place of danger and isolation to a place of safety and life support as a Suicide First Aider. This can be delivered virtually or face to face.

Suicide First Aid 

This workshop enables learners to apply for their City & Guilds Level 4 in Suicide Prevention qualification and helps someone move from a place of danger and isolation to a place of safety and life support as a Suicide First Aider. This can be delivered either as a full day or two consecutive half day's either virtually or face to face.

Safetalk

This half day workshop supports learners to know what to do if someone is feeling suicidal & become a suicide alert helper. This can only be delivered face to face.

Adult Mental Health First Aid (Adult MHFA)

This workshop raises awareness of mental health conditions and equips learners with the skills to become Adult Mental Health First Aiders. This course can be delivered virtually across one week or face to face in two days.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

This is an intensive two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognise when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don't need any formal training to attend the workshop—anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.

Suicide Alertness ½ day (Cumbria only)

A half day online or face to face training, exploring myths, facts and stigma around suicide.  Understanding when someone is at risk and how to support them whilst gaining knowledge of what help is available both locally and nationally.

If you have already completed one of the training courses linked to the Orange Button Scheme you can contact your training provider directly to request your orange button.