Reference Point partners with Zero Suicide Alliance to deliver free suicide prevention training

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

To continue to support and inform our clients during this time, Reference Point has partnered with Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA) to make available their suicide prevention training to its CourseSight community.

The training, which can be accessed via CourseSight, the training booking portal, takes approximately 20 minutes and leads users through the skills they might need to help someone who may be considering suicide, tackling stigma and, promoting open communication. A shorter introduction module - requiring five to 10 minutes - is also available.

Joe Rafferty, CBE, Chairman of the ZSA, said: “We're pleased to partner with Reference Point to ensure that as many people as possible can access these free online courses. More than half a million people have accessed the online training that aims to prevent suicide in the last three weeks alone."

Sarah Randall, CourseSight Product Manager at Reference Point comments: “These courses will be of great value to our CourseSight community. Mental health is a hugely important issue in the construction industry and now, more than ever, an emphasis on wellbeing is needed. I’m also very happy to be teaming up with the ZSA on this initiative and I thank them for allowing us to share these resources with our members free of charge.”

To access the courses, visit the CourseSight Portal:

The Zero Suicide Alliance aims to help spot the signs that a person may need help. It comes as health leaders are warned that front-line workers tackling coronavirus could suffer from mental ill-health. According to the Office for National Statistics, there were 6,507 suicides registered in the UK in 2018, with three-quarters of them among men.

The Department of Health agreed on funding with the ZSA last year and reaching the million milestone was one of several targets set as part of the contract, including developing a digital resource of best practice in suicide prevention and developing a culture change awareness training package for Boards to encourage understanding of the impact of a Just and Learning Culture on suicide prevention.


For more information:

Reference Point Limited
Tel: +44 (0)1753 279927

Notes to Editors:

About Reference Point Limited
Founded over 20 years ago, Reference Point is an award-winning, international provider of solutions around active workforces to help ensure people are trained and qualified for the jobs they do and can work safely and effectively together.

The company has two premium solutions:
CourseSight: a SaaS system and web portal that is widely-used for training management, payment and booking with specific focus on approved, industry-standard training provision and
SkillGuard: the global leader for mobile workforce management with particular emphasis on delivering informed, real-time “authority to work” to safeguard worker safety, security and effectiveness.

Major client applications include: Network Rail, Transport for London, Australasian Railway Association, Highways England, Thames Water, Tarmac and HS2.

In addition, Reference Point is the technology partner for the CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) Go Smart ecosystem, which is the UK’s largest industry smartcard scheme.

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About CourseSight
Designed specifically for training providers to publish and promote training courses and for companies and individuals to search, book and manage courses. CourseSight is not only a marketplace but handles every aspect of the process, including online payment and relevant learner communications, such as joining instructions.

Initially launched in construction, the system is now available across all sectors and is supported by a growing number of industry bodies, associations and federations.

CourseSight also highlights which training providers are approved – and by which organisations - to help users choose the best quality training provider for your requirements.

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About Zero Suicide Alliance
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. The ZSA 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.

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