My name is Jenny Woledge and I am a mother to two children, Rebecca and William, I lost my Wills to suicide on 2nd January 2015.
After the Loss of my William, I was really at a loss as to what I could do to prevent another family going through what we had been through, and how to reach out to our community to make it safer and more Suicide aware.
I wanted to try and understand what had happened, why, and what could I have done better to save William.
I came across Papyrus which runs a hope-line (0800 068 4141) which is for young people or a young person you know who is not coping with life. You can phone, text or email. Text-0778620967, email [email protected]
I attended a two-day course called ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and on the second day I realised that I could run these training sessions myself as my background is in HR and Learning Management, so I am used to delivering courses. I put my name down on the waiting list to be a ‘Train the Trainer’ so I could deliver this training which I am passionate about and I truly believe if I had been more aware of this intervention training my William could have been saved.
I was really lucky to be able to attend the five-day training course last May. I then attended safeTALK training which is a 3.5 hours training session which gives confidence in being able to talk to someone about suicide. I then went on the ‘Train the Trainer’ course, and then finally I attended the ‘Suicide to Hope’ course which is based around a model that can be completed on a one to one basis for people who have tried to commit suicide but who actually want to live.
I run these courses on a voluntary basis as it’s my way of giving something back to our community and I have been fortunate enough to be able to attend schools, colleges and universities to deliver them.
The Training is completed in three levels.
Suicide Talk- 90 minutes. A gentle approach about how to talk about suicide in a more comfortable manner.
SafeTALK- 3.5 hours- gives more confidence on how to deal with someone who is having suicidal thoughts.
ASIST- These are people who have been trained to intervene and is a two-day course.
Not everyone would want to attend all three, the more people that have been safeTALK trained the less ASIST trainers we need. Which will ensure we have a suicide safer community.