Suicide Crisis – What does it mean to you?

The word “crisis” in itself is quite an emotive word. For me anyway, when I think of “crisis”, my first image used to be things like panic, immediacy, and fear. It’s defined as “a time of intense difficulty or danger” – this sums it up fairly well, but in this definition there’s no mention of panic or fear – it’s an assumption. While these emotions are commonly present in a person experiencing a crisis, this is not always how that person can present to someone who’s talking to them.

Then, the word “suicide” is also not only an emotive word, but a stigmatised one. We are frequently reluctant to say this word and there’s also a fear of using it, of acknowledging it. I feel this can often be the case for anyone involved; the person themselves, friends and family talking to them about it, as well as professionals involved in their care.

When we then take the phrase “suicide crisis”, this can be a phrase which strikes fear into those involved. But if we’re afraid of the phrase, how can we discuss it openly with someone who is feeling this way? I think it’s really important to be mindful of how a person is experiencing a suicide crisis and how they construe their crisis. While there may be some overlap between people and how they present, there’s fairly often some variance, distinctions, and even contradictions in protective, predisposing etc. factors (e.g., one person’s protective factor could be another person’s precipitating factor).

For me, this interpretation of a suicide crisis makes it all the more important that I ask every person I see not only how they feel, but how they interpret their suicide crisis, what is contributing to it or preventing them from acting on their thoughts, and what made them now want to opt into our crisis pathway.

Within this, I think it’s important to address the person’s experience suicide crisis directly – I’ve discovered that something that may seem as simple as asking a question is such a powerful tool, and even though those questions can at times be difficult to ask and respond to, in the end they usually allow both me and the person I’m working with to work from the same page. Clarity is so important because if we work based on assumptions and implications then there is a lot more room for us to misjudge what the person seeking support is experiencing.

This is but one of the reasons why we shouldn’t shy away from phrases like “suicide crisis”. It’s ok to ask about suicide, and it’s ok to talk about it. At Harmless and The Tomorrow Project, we may be the professionals working with the people, but the people are the experts when it comes to their own thoughts, feelings and crisis. Our job is to listen and to help facilitate change if that person feels ready, not to force people into recovery.

If you feel like you need support around issues relating to self-harm or suicide including being bereaved by suicide, please feel free to contact either Harmless (0115 934 8445) or The Tomorrow Project (0115 934 8447, crisis@tomorrowproject.org.uk, bereavement@tomorrowproject.org.uk) and we will try our best to start supporting you.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) 15th &16th May – Lincoln

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop—anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.

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For more details on our next course see below

TP Crisis Pathway

The Tomorrow Project is a confidential,
community based suicide prevention service

The Tomorrow Project launched two new pathways on the 12th September; suicide crisis and suicide bereavement. Working at The Tomorrow Project on the suicide crisis pathway has opened up eyes and hearts to those in need.

There were 6,122 suicides of people aged 10 and over registered in the UK in 2014 as published by the office for national statistics. This is 6,122 more than there should have been.

We have seen the referrals and interest in this pathway grow and grow, this emphasises the importance of the project. After seeing the difference, one chat and one cup of tea can make. When a client comes in full of distress and sadness, to leaving filled with hope for the next day, and the days after that. Not only have you possibly filled someone’s day with a little bit of joy, you’ve maybe saved a life.

The work we do here at the Tomorrow Project Crisis Pathway is vital. We help clients keep engaged in their lives, we work towards making their situations better, both practically and emotionally, but most of all, we offer compassion. We offer support. We offer validation. We fight the stigmas that surround suicide. We remind people they aren’t the bad that happened to them. They are important. They are valid. They are loved.

If you need any support, please contact crisis@tomorrowproject.org.uk or call 0115 9348447, leaving a message including your name, contact details and a crisis worker will contact you within 1 working day.

 

Upcoming FREE training courses in Nottingham City

As part of the Wellness in Mind Programme commissioned by Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City CCG, Harmless are delivering free workshops and training days for those who work within Nottingham City.

We will be offering for the following dates for the different workshops;

Frontline Workers

Monday 3rd October

1:00pm – 4:30pm

This workshop will focus on improving skills and confidence to recognise people with mental health problems and offer appropriate support

Managers Training

Friday 11th November

9:30am – 1:00pm

This course will examine how practical support can be provided to create an environment that is healthy for staff and promote interventions to raise awareness

MHFALite

Monday 12th December

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Mental Health First Aid Lite is an introductory mental health awareness course. Delegates will receive an MHFALite manual that they can take away with them at the end of the session and also an attendance certificate from MHFA England. 

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

7th – 8th December 2016

9:30am – 4:30pm both days

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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

8th – 9th February 2017

9am – 5pm both days

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A certificate of attendance will be provided for all courses and workshops upon successful completion of course and evaluation.

Places are extremely limited for these popular courses, so booking early is advised

If you would like to book onto any of these training courses, or would like more information, please contact us on: 

Email: training@harmless.org.uk

Phone: 0115 934 8445

World Suicide Prevention Day: 10th September 2016

In the UK in 2014, 6122 people died by suicide

It is estimated that 1 in 20 people have thoughts of suicide at some point in their life.

How many people do you walk past, or see every day? 80, 100, 200? To think that out of these up to 10 of these people could be having thoughts of suicide or have had thoughts previously is really quite startling!

It is quite possible, you know someone that has had thoughts of suicide or been affected by suicide

Do you have the skills and confidence to respond to thoughts of suicide?

Do you have the skills and confidence to complete an intervention with a person at risk of suicide?

Want to learn lifesaving skills?

To coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) Harmless will be delivering;

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

 27th and 28th September 2016 £150

ASIST is a 2 day intensive training programme that teaches participants life assisting skills to be able to complete an intervention with a person at risk.

The focus of this is to identify what can be done to keep a person ‘safe for now’ while longer term safety measures are explored. It uses a framework that supports the caregiver to work through an intervention and create a safety plan.

Responding and supporting someone at risk of suicide can be extremely distressing and anxiety provoking. ASIST can give you the confidence to respond to these distressing disclosures and most importantly, teaches us that by providing that little bit of hope to a person at risk, that recovery is possible and indeed, very likely.

Email: training@harmless.org.uk

Call: 0115 934 8445

Delivery location will be within Nottingham City 

FREE Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) & Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training*

Commissioned by Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City CCG as part of the Wellness in Mind training programme.

Upcoming dates for FREE ASIST and MHFA training:

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
8th & 9th November 2016
9:30am – 4:30pm

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
21st & 22nd November 2016
9:00am – 5:00pm

More dates to follow…

If you are interested in attending any of these training courses, or would like more information, please contact us at training@harmless.org.uk.

Places strictly limited, book early to avoid disappointment.

*To be eligible to receive this free training you must work in Nottingham City. Attendance to both days of the course is mandatory. Terms and conditions apply.

FREE Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) & Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training*

Commissioned by Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City CCG as part of the Wellness in Mind training programme.

Upcoming dates for FREE ASIST and MHFA training;

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
LAST FEW PLACES REMAINING
13th & 14th July 2016
9:00am – 4:00pm

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
8th & 9th November 2016
9:30am – 4:30pm

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
21st & 22nd November 2016
9:00am – 5:00pm

More dates to follow…

If you are interested in attending any of these training courses, or would like more information, please contact us at training@harmless.org.uk.

Places strictly limited, book early to avoid disappointment.

*To be eligible to receive this free training you must work in Nottingham City. Attendance to both days of the course is mandatory. Terms and conditions apply.

FREE Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) & Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training*

Commissioned by Nottingham City Council and CCG, under to Wellness in Mind training programme.

Upcoming dates for FREE ASIST and MHFA training;

MHFA (Mental Health First Aid)

16th and 17th May 2016, 9:30am – 5:00pm

ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

6th and 7th June 2016, 9:00am – 5:00pm

MHFA (Mental Health First Aid)

21st and 22nd July 2016, 9:30am – 5:00pm

ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

8th and 9th September 2016, 9:00am – 5:00pm

More dates to follow

Places strictly limited, book early to avoid disappointment.

 

*To be eligible to receive this free training you must work in Nottingham City. Attendance to both days of the course is mandatory. Terms and conditions apply. 

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Co-delivered by two qualified and certified ASIST trainers, this course is designed to increase your skills, abilities and confidence in your job role to support those at risk of suicide and be better prepared to deal with those at risk.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training

MHFA is an educational course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue. In the same way as we learn physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health.

To find out more or to see if you’re eligible for this free training, get in touch with Sophie Allen (Training Co-ordinator) by calling 0115 934 8445 or by emailing training@harmless.org.uk

Upcoming Training at Harmless

ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

30th and 31st March 2016 9:00am – 5:00pm

MHFA (Mental Health First Aid)

4th and 5th April 2016 9:30am – 5:00pm

General introduction self harm training

6th April 2016 9:30am – 4:30pm

MHFALite (Mental Health First Aid Lite)

5th May 2016 1:00pm – 4:00pm

To book on any of the courses listed above or to find out more information contact Sophie Allen (Training Co-ordinator) on Sophie@harmless.org.uk or training@harmless.org.uk or call the team on 0115 934 8445

Upcoming training at Harmless

A big hello from the Training Team at Harmless. We have been extremely busy getting ready for our first national annual conference ‘From Harm to Hope’ Are you coming along? If not and you would like to, it’s not too late to book a space! Places are charged at £150 per delegate or why not take advantage of our special offer where 2 people can attend for £200. You will have to be quick though because spaces are selling fast. Taking place on 1st March at Nottingham Conference Centre. Secure your place now by emailing jack@harmless.org.uk for a booking form.

Anyway, while we have been very busy with the conference, we have found time to make sure we have lots of valuable training days booked in over the upcoming months.

We are going to be delivering a range of training such as our own general self harm, CPD accredited training, Mental Health workshops, commissioned by Nottingham City Council and CCG, ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) and MHFALite (Mental Health First Aid Lite)

The upcoming dates we have and prices for each session are as follows;

ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

£150 per delegate

30th and 31st March 2016 9:00am – 5:00pm

MHFA (Mental Health First Aid)

£120 per delegate

4th and 5th April 2016 9:30am – 5:00pm

General introduction self harm training

£80 per delegate

6th April 2016 9:30am – 4:30pm

MHFALite (Mental Health First Aid Lite)

£50 per delegate

5th May 2016 1:00pm – 4:00pm

 

Each delivery will take place in our specially allocated training room and delivered by experienced trainers, with extensive knowledge of self harm, suicide awareness and mental health.

Our upcoming mental health workshops (FREE to those that live or work in Nottingham City only) include;

Tuesday 15th March 2016

MHFALite 1:00pm -4:00pm

MHFALite is an introductory mental health awareness course. You’ll receive a MHFALite manual that you can take away with you at the end of the session and also an attendance certificate from MHFA England

Wednesday 16th March 2016

Mental Health in the Workplace – Managers training 9:30pm – 1:00pm

This course will examine how practical support can be provided to create m environment that is healthy for staff and promote interventions to raise awareness.

Want to know what others thought of our training, here is some feedback from some of the delegates that have attended……

“As a result of attending the ASIST Suicide prevention course I feel I would be considerably better prepared to provide an initial response to someone who was considering ending their life. The model used in this course provides a clear framework to helping someone in this situation in a way that flows like a natural conversation. As a mental health lead for my organisation I would say anyone in a frontline public service would benefit from this course”

ASIST

‘The trainer touching on her own experiences made me see situations a lot clearer’

General self harm

‘Excellent training. Open, honest and interactive! Incorporating real life and experiences to help understanding’

General self harm

‘This training has helped me to see that talking honestly and openly about suicide is vital when helping people and that it isn’t something we should be afraid of’

MHFA

‘This was, without a doubt, the most engaging, informed, well presented session I have ever attended, delivered by someone, brutal with the truth and able to hold the room captivated. If all lectures were like this, I would find a new job attending lectures!!’

General self harm

‘Good to have the chance to talk about the impact on us as professionals, as well as focusing on the student.’

General self harm

‘I feel a lot more confident in the support I will offer to people with mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety and psychosis after having attended the 2 day training. Very informative and insightful.’

MHFA

To book on any of the courses listed above or to find out more information contact Sophie Allen (Training Co-ordinator) on Sophie@harmless.org.uk or training@harmless.org.uk or call the team on 0115 934 8445