The suicideTalk training was well received by all of us at Student Life who attended! I personally found
the training very informative and eye-opening.
Although I have my nursing training, this training offered a different insight into suicide awareness. As before, and even more so after receiving the training, I would whole-heartedly encourage anyone to sign-up to our next session – stamping out stigma and normalising mental health begins with us. Having a better understanding of suicide enables us to provide better support to those affected by it, it also equips us with the knowledge to challenge those derogatory and uneducated opinions. I am thoroughly looking forward to expanding my knowledge further in the next session up – safeTALK.
Some feedback from the training highlighted that the attendees found it highly useful and that the experience was highly valuable. The main themes that emerged amongst the attendees were that the training was deep, interactive, safe, approachable, friendly, informative, eye-opening, and interesting,
to name a few.
Tommy had this to say about the training:
“The training was amazing, it was delivered in a way that kept things feeling light and safe, but also went deep and truly made you think. It gave us all new effective ways of spotting signs so we can help our family and friends in need”
“The suicide awareness training with Jenny was very eye opening, it gave an insight into ways in which you wouldn’t normally associate suicide awareness with, it was a very calm and relaxed environment so it wasn’t too heavy. I am looking forward to the next session to upskill myself”
And another attendee thought this:
“Having lived experience of the effects of suicide on a family dynamic, I was both interested and slightly apprehensive going into the training. However, our trainer Jen – who herself was extremely relatable through her own tragic loss – put everyone at ease immediately. I felt at ease throughout the 90 minute awareness session and I saw that in the faces and actions of my fellow delegates. I now feel more skilled in helping others and I’m looking forward to the next stage of training”
We plan on holding these training sessions on a regular basis from September to coincide with our Mental Health Ambassador Programme. We are currently working with our trainer, and friend, Jenny on which dates to book into the diary. However, if you would like to register your interest please send me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org and I will put your name down on our waiting list. The training is completely free and hosted by Student Life in Ipswich.