This briefing paper is a very limited synopsis of the recent accredited training program WGN has developed. The training program and this complimentary paper offers insight into our work alongside survivors struggling with suicidality.

We wanted to create a seismic shift in how we at WGN responded to suicidality. We are aware the fear and anxiety this generates for both practitioners and organisations, who tend to flee into safeguarding mode.

This can sometimes leave survivors on the outside and we can become so preoccupied with prevention that we lose sight of the survivor and exploring and working with the root causes of suicidality. Our training is an attempt to find a collaborative, empowering way to join survivors in a journey back to life. A process that must begin with us as practitioners, our values and attitudes and moves into exploring promising practice, to support practitioners confidence and aid survivors with interrupting the suicide tsunami.

Suicide and suicide attempts can have lasting effects on individuals, as well as their social networks and communities. The causes of suicide are multifaceted, and it is important to understand the psychological processes that underlie suicidality and the heartache that can lead to feelings of hopelessness and despair, where for some, the only escape is suicide.


About Ascent

Ascent is a partnership project undertaken by the London Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Consortium, delivering a range of services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, under six themes, funded by London Councils. The second tier support project aims to address the long term sustainability needs of organisations providing services to those affected by sexual and domestic violence. The project seeks to improve the quality of such services across London by providing a range of training and support. 

Women’s Resource Centre is the lead partner in the Support Services Strand where we work together with 5 partner organisations:

Rights of Women


Women and Girls Network

Against Violence and Abuse (AVA)


Find out more about the Ascent project here.