As home support providers you know that not everyone is planning to spend the Christmas period relaxing with family and friends. Whilst some people have work and other commitments, other will experience a very different type of Christmas for other, personal reasons. These may be some of the people you and your staff are supporting, and supporting them over the next few weeks may be particularly difficult for staff. So, although it doesn’t seem to fit with all the seasonal festivities, below are some links to suicide prevention resources which it might help to be aware of.
There are details of a range of Suicide Prevention Training and Workshops that are available across Norfolk. All of the training can be accessed via the Norfolk County Council Suicide Prevention pages https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/care-support-and-health/health-and-wellbeing/adults-health/suicide . They include:
- Free online Suicide Prevention Training – Developed by the Zero Suicide Alliance – A 20 minute online training, which aims to; enable people to identify when someone is presenting with suicidal thoughts/ behaviour, to be able to speak out in a supportive manner, and to empower them to signpost the individual to the correct services or support.
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) – Delivered by Norwich & Central Norfolk Mind. An accredited two day, interactive training that prepares caregivers to provide suicide first aid interventions.
- Suicide Prevention Workshop – Delivered by Norwich & Central Norfolk Mind. The half day workshop explores the issue of suicide and how we can provide initial help to someone who is suicidal. The topic is discussed in a frank and open manner and participants will have an opportunity to practice the skills that they have learnt.
- Suicide Prevention for GP Practices – Delivered by Norwich & Central Norfolk Mind. A 90 minute Suicide Prevention training developed for GP Practice front line practice including receptionists and other practice health professionals.
Details of face to face training offered by Norwich & Central Norfolk Mind is available at www.norwichmind.org.uk/learn-with-us/suicide-prevention-training.