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
An experienced coach, facilitator and marketing consultant, Matthew brings his strategic skills to the team whilst helping with the development of the organisation as a whole.
Director & Volunteer Co-ordinator
A late-diagnosed “Actually Autistic” single mum to two, she is also an advisor at The Autism Plan, social media co-ordinator for Brain in Hand and Recovery Devon, and group facilitator at Volunteering in Health. In her spare time she loves to crochet, drum, and run by the sea (and if there’s a way to do all three at the same time, she’ll find it!).
Director & LGBTQ Advisor
Trainer and Schools Project Manager
Partners, Trainers and Advisers
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.
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
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 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).