Connecting with People evaluation

Following the training sessions participants are asked to complete anonymous feedback forms.

  • 98% rated the quality of the presentation as ‘very good’ or ‘good’
  • 93% increased their understanding of self harm and suicidal thoughts
  • 92% increased self reported empathy (some commented that they were already empathic)
  • 93% increased their belief that they had a role in suicide prevention


  • ‘I get consistently excellent feedback on the sessions which clearly stimulate our juniors into re-thinking their current practice. This has led to a more consistent and better service for patients who present to this ED with self harm’ (Consultant in Emergency Medicine with responsibility for Junior Doctor Training).
  • ‘A whole patient approach to risk as opposed to just scoring scales’ (Junior Doctor, A&E).
  • ‘The teaching package… alongside the risk assessment pathway has vastly improved our doctors’ ability to perform suicide risk assessment safely and quickly. I get consistently excellent feedback on the sessions which clearly stimulate our juniors into re-thinking their current practice. This has led to a more consistent and better service for patients who present to this ED with self harm’ (Emergency Department Consultant in with responsibility for Junior Doctor Training).
  • ‘I now feel able and confident to create and discuss a 'safety plan' for the patient. I feel empowered that by discussing a patient's suicidal thoughts I can assess their risk more accurately, will refer patients more appropriately to secondary care services, and by discussing simple practical solutions that I can actually reduce their risk of dying. This course should be compulsory for all GPs in training’(General Practitioner).
  • 'I found Connecting with People truly inspiring. The experience has helped immeasurably my confidence to support distressed callers who may be experiencing mental illness when previously I had thought that compassion wasn't enough ... now I know how crucial it is!' (Samaritan volunteer).