Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention sits at the heart of everything we do here at The Big Fandango.

 Each month we lose approximately 2 people to suicide across Bury. It remains the biggest killer of middle aged men and young people under the age of 25. We know one of the biggest common denominators is loneliness and isolation.

Our arts and crafts workshops are open to all adults in the hope that putting down your phone, getting out and meeting people and learning new hobbies and skills will stop people reaching crisis point. Think of it as having something in your emotional toolbox to help you when anxiety strikes or you are feeling down.

Peer Support

For each death by suicide approx. 136 people will be affected and around 12 immediate friends or family members will be severely impacted.

On the 2nd Thursday of each month we run a peer support session from 6-8pm for those who have been bereaved by suicide.

We provide a supportive space to chat run by members of the team who have lost someone – we know talking with people on this path, shared experiences and connections can be hugely helpful.

It doesn’t matter when you were bereaved, you are welcome to join us.

Peer Support

Suicide Prevention Training

Each month we run a 3 hour suicide prevention training session here at The Big Fandango

It is designed for anyone in the community who works in a professional or voluntary capacity with members of the general public.

Our training helps you to:

  • Recognise the signs

  • Confidently open a conversation around suicide

  • Signpost effectively

  • Understand and implement safety planning.
Suicide Prevention Training

Workplace & Outreach Training

From the end of July 2022 we will be able to offer training sessions at your place of work for up to 15 delegates.

For more information about our courses email Rebecca Jackson at :

Getting Help

We are not a crisis centre although there is always a member of staff at hand who is trainer is suicide prevention and intervention skills.

If you are struggling here are some useful contacts:


Young Persons Suicide Prevention Charity:
HOPLINE: 0800 0684141

Open every day 9am - midnight


Call free day or night on 116 123

Shining a Light

Greater Manchester's Suicide Prevention organisation with lots of resources for those struggling or for families bereaved by suicide:

Hub of Hope

Find local & national mental health support at the click of a button.
Text HOPE to 85258