Olly’s Future has developed Life-Saving Conversations to help you talk to someone you are worried about who might be thinking of suicide. So far, ten different scripted conversations have been recorded to create an audio resource bank for training, education and discussion purposes.
Here is an example of a Life-Saving Conversation between a barman and a customer:
Each dialogue was co-produced with people of all ages and from different walks of life and, once written, the scripts were then recorded by two professional actors and uploaded to YouTube.
“We have worked in collaboration with numerous charities, universities and companies to ensure that we record realistic and representative scenarios that could occur in our day-to-day life and work” Ann Feloy, Chair of Olly’s Future and scriptwriter.
Olly’s Future was delighted to receive funding for ‘Life-Saving Conversations’ from the Sussex Health and Care Partnership.
If your organisation or company would like to access one or more of these conversations please contact [email protected]
The conversations are included in the 90-minute online suicide prevention training ‘Talking about Suicide – Ten Tools’ which was developed by Olly’s Future with Start the Conversation. To enrol in this training session, please click here.
Here is the scenario for one of the Life Saving Conversations involving two two work colleagues who are working remotely.
Ella calls Rick when she sees he has not been on Zoom meetings and has missed a get-together. The first conversation is brief and there is no mention of Rick thinking of suicide. The second conversation starts in the same way but this time Ella becomes aware that Rick is feeling very low and goes on to ask him if he is thinking of ending his own life. She then helps him to open up and feel more safe and they work together to think of how he can access support, such as his doctor or a helpline.
Other Life-Saving Conversations are as follows:
- A teacher and a teenage pupil
- Two medical students
- A graduate scheme employee and a colleague
- An out-of-work graduate and friend
- Two colleagues working remotely
- A friend who has lost his job
- A client of an online gambling company to their call centre
- Strangers in a public place
- Someone bereaved through suicide and a friend