Staff and students at Hull Collegiate School are encouraging businesses in East Yorkshire to offer suicide prevention training to staff, as part of a region-wide campaign led by local NHS and council organisations.
Anyone can suffer from suicidal thoughts but every one of us can make a difference.
The #TalkSuicide campaign encourages people to complete a FREE 20-minute suicide prevention training programme, which is available at www.talksuicide.co.uk.
People who complete the training are taught how to:
- Identify the signs of when someone might be suffering from suicidal thoughts.
- Feel comfortable speaking out about suicide in a supportive manner.
- Signpost anyone suffering to the correct services and support.
The campaign is led by the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership – whose member organisations include East Riding of Yorkshire Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, and Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
Hull Collegiate School, an independent school in Anlaby, East Yorkshire, which educates children aged 3 to 18, became ambassadors for the #TalkSuicide campaign last year when they encouraged staff and their sixth-form students to complete the suicide prevention training. A short video has been created to capture staff and pupils’ experiences of completing the training:
Chris Wainman, Deputy Head at Hull Collegiate School, said: “We’re currently looking after 600 pupils ranging from 3-18 so this training is a must for us. It’s every person’s worst nightmare to be in a situation where a suicide happens so if there is a chance that this training will help to save a life, then we must do it.
“Whether you are a school or a business I would completely recommend this training as you could help to save a life.”
Lydia Black and Joe Healy were two of the Sixth Form pupils who took part in the training in 2019.
Lydia said: “I would recommend to others to definitely do the training. It’s really useful, especially for people who aren’t used to speaking about suicide and mental health.
“Including three different scenarios in the training was a really good way to learn how to speak openly about suicide and put them into practise.”
Joe added: “I liked how easy it was for someone who has never experienced anything like this to pick up the skills in such a short space of time. The training is a great starting point for those wanting to learn more. I would recommend this training to everyone.”
Jack Wild, another year-13 student who completed the training, said: “The suicide prevention training was really good and very easy to use. It was really useful for me to relate back to the different scenarios that were included in the training, and it was easy for me to understand more about what some people are going through.”
There were 6,507 registered suicides in the UK in 2018 – which amounts to one death by suicide every 80 minutes. Yorkshire and Humber had some of the highest rates of suicide in England in 2018. One in six employees will experience depression, anxiety or unmanageable stress in the workplace.
Jo Kent, Suicide Prevention Lead for the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership, said: “I want to thank the staff and pupils at Hull Collegiate School who took 20 minutes out of their day to complete the suicide prevention training. In Humber, Coast and Vale we are working collaboratively with a number of organisations, including local businesses, to prevent suicides from happening in our communities.
“The suicide prevention training is integral to this work as those who complete the training can make a real difference in their communities, simply by being better placed to identify those people who might be suffering from suicidal thoughts, knowing what to say to them in these circumstances, and signposting them to the most appropriate services.”
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Published by Tom Brown