Hi all, hope everything is good with everyone, it’s been a very busy few weeks. I attended the NSPA National Suicide Prevention Alliance conference in February and it was really great to hear from Jackie Doyle-Price the new MP for Mental Health, her speech was very encouraging and passionate around improving mental health in our communities. Jackie did get a lot of people saying how overstretched the services are and I really do believe Jackie will really push hard for a better mental health system. A lot of money has been put into different projects around England and Jackie’s speech gave me and lots of other people HOPE that things are going to change.
My Local university in Canterbury
I have trained over 60 students/ security guards, cleaners, canteen staff in suicideTALK the ninety-minute workshop and have had great feedback from it. We are working on making suicide-safer universities so it’s great that I am hoping to have the opportunity to work with you in Suffolk, and share what’s going on in Canterbury university.
This was an amazing week; I was at Canterbury High and spoke to 800 students and staff over the week, in the school assembly, so ages of students was 11-18. What was so great is that the school had to ask parents’ permission about attending an assembly on suicide and only one parent out of 800 did not want their child to attend, and that was because he had recently lost a friend to suicide. What struck me was the amount of youngsters who opened up and said how they were feeling, how many had lost someone they knew to suicide and the general feeling that we have a big community problem and we all need to work together and look out for each other. I was asked how William’s friends coped, I could not answer, so I contacted a group of his friends and just asked how did they cope and how had it changed their lives and I was amazed of how they all now really look out for people and are not afraid to ask someone how they are feeling.
I’ve also been to Lincoln and Manchester delivering ASIST which is the two day workshop on intervention, then Brighton to deliver safefTALK.
The main focus is to let everyone know you are not alone. Communities are working really hard on working together, I always say, you never know when the tables will turn and you will need some help and how you can make a difference to your community.
Take care everyone,