Suicide Prevention

At least 6,000 people in the UK died by suicide in 2016. That's the equivalent to an aeroplane falling out of the sky every other week. Not everyone having thoughts of suicide will have a diagnosed mental illness either - in fact one in 20 of us will have those thoughts - maybe following a significant live event or during menopause or when life and all it requires of us just becomes too much. Is your business suicide alert and could you support an employee in crisis?

Talking to someone during a performance review and it becomes obvious that their mood is very low; someone returning from sickness absence with depression & anxiety on their Fit Note; noticing a colleague who has recently suffered a bereavement is behaving really differently - not everyone who is having thoughts of suicide will be on a bridge staring down into the water below. Could you spot the signs and symptoms and intervene at work?

The HSE tell us that 526,000 cases of work related stress, anxiety and depression are reported. Employers have a duty of care to protect both mental as well as physical health, so who is trained in your business to help someone with thoughts of suicide?

Our programme is different.

It is evidence based and externally evaluated with occupationally competent tutors, accredited by City & Guilds and endorsed by Skills for Health - the gold standard in suicide prevention training, with the option of also completing a written assessment to gain The National Qualification in Suicide Intervention (subject to registration and certification fees for C&G)

It's a one day programme that helps people develop the knowledge, skill and confidence to have a caring conversation and help someone who needs it - you do NOT have to have  a background in mental health NOR become their therapist - it's about helping people in the moment.

You can register HERE for the November workshop, or read on if you'd rather your own in-house event.

The workshop, which has been externally evaluated and accredited by City & Guilds, will help learners to:-

  • Consider attitudes and stigma
  • Understand more about this complex subject
  • Spot the signs and symptoms
  • Intervene appropriately
  • Create a trusting dialogue
  • Explore other options
  • Create a safety plan
  • Be aware of support and resources available
  • Make a difference to someone in need

The workshop will help you develop the skills and confidence to support someone and help them create a plan to get the help that helps them. It will help you understand the crucial part you can play if someone is having thoughts of suicide.

Whether you are interested in developing these skills for the workplace, for your community group or simply to be a better prepared friend, family member, neighbour or human being, the one day workshop will help develop the skill and confidence to take action. We also run workshops specifically for HR Professionals who might need to wear many hats - one of which is to protect the business as well as support individuals.

Using a mixture of tutor input, group exercises, self reflection and supported by helpful audio visual clips (you may remember the media campaign to find the "Stranger on the Bridge") so that your learning experience is a positive one and gives you confidence to intervene.

If suicide prevention is everyone's business - who is trained in yours?

Our next open workshop is Thursday 8th November 2018 - near Warrington, Cheshire and if you want to take advantage of the heavily discounted price, you can book online here

So on Thursday 8th November we will be at Room Four Conference Centre 58 Legh St, Golborne, WA3 3PA - literally 5 minutes from the M6 Junction 23 / A580 East Lancs Road, starting at 9.30am - booking is now open and our Early Bird price of just £99 is available - please click here to book

Places will be limited to ensure delegates can be fully supported. Rate also includes refreshments and lunch. The optional written assessment for the City & Guilds certificate is £85 to cover registration, assessment and certificate from City & Guilds - the National Qualification in Suicide First Aid - Understanding Suicide Intervention.

If you have 7 or more people to train, you might find it more cost effective to talk to us about an in-house option? We also offer a half day workshop and 90 minute awareness sessions. Drop me an email and let's see what would be best for your business?

Email and we can discuss the best way forward.

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