Action To Prevent Suicide CIC is a not-for-profit community interest company whose vision is for a life-affirming world free from suicide. We wish to prevent suicide by helping people recognise and support those at risk, whilst also raising awareness and breaking the stigma. Our shared aim is to achieve this through training, advice, collaboration and guidance.
We’re a member organisation of:
- The Devon and Torbay Suicide Prevention Alliance (DTSPA) – an alliance of local organisations dedicated to suicide prevention and after-care for those bereaved by suicide.
- The National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) – an alliance of public, private and voluntary organisations in England who care about suicide prevention and are willing to take individual and collective action to reduce suicide and support those bereaved or affected by suicide.
Meet the team
Director & Trainer
After 35 year in the Fire Service in the South West, Debbie has left this behind to concentrate on working to support those affected by mental ill health and suicide.
During her time in the blue light service, she worked in a variety of roles including emergency call handler, Partnership Officer, Community Engagement & Equalities officer. For 30 years of her service, she was a staff supporter (listening ear) for Colleagues.
Her passion to support others with their well-being is as a result of her own lived experience in 2008.
Debbie is a Director of Recovery Devon, a community interest company which
supports people with their mental health and recovery (recoverydevon.co.uk) as well as a Trainer with the Devon Recovery Learning Community (devonrlc.co.uk).
She is the National Wellbeing Officer for her representative body The Fire Officers’ Association (www.fireofficers.org.uk ) and is on the steering group of The UK National Work-Stress Network ( www.workstress.net ). Debbie is a Mental Health First Aid Instructor and has completed the Applied suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). She is also a SafeTalk trainer.
Debbie is married with 2 adult daughters. She enjoys walking & keeping fit, reading, all crafts and continuing to learn new skills. Anything involving music and dancing is high on her list of wellness activities and she has just joined a local choir. Languages & travel are important in her life and she hopes to travel into Europe next year in their motorhome.
Martin is passionate about supporting people at risk of Suicide and joins the collaborative team as a director. He further states
“I am committed to exploring how working with trees and wood can bring people together into the joy of the present moment.
I have worked at Ruskin Mill, Gloucestershire, as a woodland tutor with young people. My emphasis is not on being good at something but on the enjoyment of experience. Working with head, heart and hands is central to my approach.
My undergraduate degree in English Lit. studied at Oxford University has left me with an appreciation for the spoken and written beauty of words and thoughts.
Working with trees and wood for the last 12 years has given me a confidence and knowledge of technique and skill that I love to share and so develop and learn.
BA hons (2:1) English Literature (Oxford University) NVQ 3 in Health and Social Care
Art and Design Foundation Diploma (Plymouth College of Art and Design)
I lost my husband Murray to suicide in 2017. After 36 years together. He was my rock, my soul mate and I adored him. I had never really been an adult without him in my life. My life has been devastated and for a while I lost all sense of purpose and identity. It has been a long and difficult journey to start to live again but in order to do that I first had to try to find answers about why this happened to our family and how we could have prevented it . I discovered the awful reality of how many other families, like mine, are affected by suicide and began to make sense of how suicide affects even the strongest, most loved people with everything to live for.
Through counselling and the help and support of some amazing friends, I have come through some very dark times and come to understand that there is a lot that needs to be done and can be done to reach people who have lost their way, are vulnerable or lost hope. I am planning on becoming a trainer for Safe Talk and Assist courses and using my experience to help anyone else affected by suicide.
My full time job is as a freelance vision mixer in television. I have worked across all genres of TV production over the last 30 years and have been lucky enough to have an exciting and fulfilling career which has taken me all over the world.
I have 2 amazing adult children. I love yoga, painting, walking & I plan to learn to sail next year.
Partners, Trainers and Advisers
Trainer and Schools Project Manager
Social Media & Comms
Administration & Events
In 2000, I qualified with an MSc in systemic psychotherapy, with a distinction for clinical practice. I continue to run a private practice, lecture on the MA and BA Social work programmes at Plymouth University, lecture for the Frontline Social work programme, am a specialist lay member sitting for the Mental Health Review Tribunal service and am in practice part-time as a systemic psychotherapist with the NHS in adult mental health.
For the last eighteen years I have been delivering training in systemic theory and practice. This has included training for Relate counsellors, Frontline social work practitioners, junior doctors/psychiatrists, child protection social workers on behalf of the Institute of Family Therapy, and to consultant social workers in local authorities across the UK, adopting the ‘Reclaiming Social Work’ model, on behalf of Morning Lane Associates.
I am very enthusiastic about systems theory as it applies to human relationships, and to exploring interventions that bring about lasting change at the level of meaning and understanding. I consider delivering training to be a two-way process. We learn from each other. I have supervised, provided training for, and facilitated away days for, various organisations – such as Relate, Action against Domestic Violence and Abuse, Force Cancer charity and Family Matters.
I have great enthusiasm for the work I do, considering systemic theory as a way of making sense of our social worlds. It is at the heart of the way I think and act.
I have delivered workshops in creative writing in psychiatric hospitals, and am a keen writer myself.
Before launching GPS, Tina spent 16 years working for the NHS. In that time, she held a range of senior commissioning positions with clinical commissioning groups and primary care trusts. These included the lead commissioner role for cardiovascular disease. Tina also has experience in the acute sector, having carried out strategic operational roles within oncology and cardiology services.
Until July 2019 Tina was Chief Executive of East Devon Health a federation of 13 GP practices, which provides services for 120,000 patients. Furthermore, Tina has developed a professional coaching practice.
This experience has provided Tina with a comprehensive understanding of health and social care structures, policies and operations. She has a proven track-record of helping organisations perform better and improve the services they provide to patients.
Tina is a self-motivated, confident leader and thrives in a challenging environment –
qualities that were recognised as she reached the semi-finals of the 2018 Devon and
Cornwall Business Mother of the Year Awards.
LGBTQ Advisor & Supporter
ASIST safetalk Consultant UK wide
She also delivers Applied Suicide Intervention Training (ASIST) Training for Trainers to participants from all kinds of backgrounds. Offering support to new ASIST trainers.
National North West
Dr Isobel Russell
National North and North East
Izzy is based in the north-east of England but has trained all over the country with Andrew. As a teacher, she loves to see participants grow and develop over the two days of ASIST and nothing delights her more than hearing that one of her participants has used their skills.
National and North East
Now concentrating on delivering great training courses that make a difference and can save lives. He has delivered nearly 200 courses across ASIST, MHFA, safeTALK, suicideTALK, WRAP, so plenty of experience. He mainly delivers ASIST (Applied Suicide intervention skills) Workshops (LivingWorks Silver recognition) but also holds the Gold Award with Mental Health First Aid England and has delivered safeTALK courses. He is based in the North Of England but trains throughout the Country. He describes himself as a suicide prevention ‘activist’ on Twitter (@anr1102).
Senior Training Coach – NI
Alan is an ASIST Senior Training Coach with LivingWorks Education and has been training formal & informal caregivers in ASIST & safeTALK for the past 10 years. He is also a tutor for the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust Recovery College and delivers community training in SuicideTALK & TuneUp in Northern Ireland. Alan provides support to the global network of LivingWorks trainers and he also mentors trainers in his home community.
National – London SE
Is a freelance Trainer & Coach specialising in Suicide Prevention & Mental Health.
He has been a Trainer, Counsellor and Facilitator for over 20 years. His background includes working for multinational companies BT and Philips Electronics as a Human Resources Professional. He worked for 10 years at Workability, a Community Mental Health project in Brighton.where he developed my passion for helping people in their recovery from Mental Health difficulties. In the past years he has delivered Mental Health First courses (including MHFA Lite) to organisations such as Unilever, Ernst & Young, and NHS England, and to a variety of voluntary/community groups. In addition to being a member of the National Training Team for MHFA England he is an International Training Coach for LivingWorks Education who design and distribute highly effective Suicide Prevention Training. He delivers these courses in the UK and overseas.
He also train new trainers and coach them during their first few deliveries. I am a Workplace Associate for MHFA England where he is able to use his background in Human Resource Management and CIPD qualification. I worked for 10 years for a Community Mental Health Project based in Brighton I am also a qualified Counsellor and Teacher.
To relax he loves walking by the sea, live music events and spending time with family and friends.