What is the Orange Button scheme

People who are having thoughts of suicide or who are worried about a friend or family member can ask Orange Button wearers in their community for information and support.

The orange button is worn by people in Birmingham and Solihull who have undergone specialised suicide prevention training. They are not able to counsel people, but 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

Making a difference

Watch Michelle’s story to understand how Orange Button-holders are already making a difference in the community. Her training has helped her signpost someone in crisis.

Page last updated: 20 October 2023

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