What is the Orange Button Scheme?
The orange button is worn by people in Solihull and Birmingham who have undergone specialised suicide prevention training, and while they are not able to counsel people, they can provide comprehensive signposting to relevant services.
Originally developed in Lancashire and South Cumbria, the scheme has three aims:
- create a community of people trained in suicide awareness who have gained skills from quality assured training
- create a network of organisations with Orange Button wearers who can listen to someone and signpost them to support
- ensure all communities are aware of the Orange Button, what it signifies and how people can be involved, by promoting from within the community