#WSPD Prevention Pathways: FREE Suicide prevention workshops

Join us Friday 8th September for ‘The Story so far…’

CLICK HERE TO BOOK A PLACE 

At this event there will be free training workshops and you will have the opportunity to hear about the life saving work we have been doing  as well as hearing directly from people who have benefited from this innovative service, who will be telling their stories.

Venue
Sir Colin Campbell Building
Wollaton Road
Nottingham
NG8 1BB

Programme

08:30 Registration 
9:00 Welcome 
9:30 The story so far…
10:15 Break 
10:30 Workshop 1
12:00 Lunch 
13:00 Workshop 2
14:30 Break
14:45 Living experience 
15:30 Panel
15:45 Finish 

Lunch & Refreshments provided 

Workshop 1: An Introduction to Suicide crisis intervention
This workshop will establish basic principles around Suicide crisis intervention considering the following areas:
  • Myths & facts about suicide 
  • The impact our attitudes have on a suicide crisis intervention 
  • How to support someone effectively who is in crisis 
  • How to signpost effectively 
Workshop 2: An Introduction to effective risk assessment around suicide

This workshop will establish basic principles on effective risk assessment considering the following areas: 
  • Identifying risk factors 
  • Understanding & developing evidence based risk assessment tools
  • Establishing current emotional states & behaviours
  • Reviewing & revisiting risk 

Mental Health First Aid Youth (MHFAYouth)

 31st August & 1st September £120 per delegate 
Certificate and resources for each delegate upon completion
Please note: Attendance on both days of the workshop is mandatory

Youth MHFA is a course aimed at people who come into contact with young people aged 8 to 18. The 2 day workshop will be delivered by a fully trained certified MHFA Trainer.

Course Aims:

  • Preserve life
  • Prevent deterioration of any injury or illness
  • Promote healing and recovery
  • Provide comfort to the ill or injured.

What are the main benefits of Youth MHFA for me?

Youth MHFA will give you the skills to be able to support young people with mental conditions in crisis. While you will be unable to diagnose mental health conditions, Youth MHFA teaches you how to recognise symptoms of mental ill health, how to support someone in a crisis using an effective model enabling a young person to access appropriate professional help. You will also learn that recovery is likely and indeed possible.

Why is Youth MHFA beneficial to my organisation?

This is not just a training course to take and forget. Independent research shows that up to 88% of people use the first aid skills they learn during the course at least once.

  • Your direct actions will help young people to recover faster from mental and emotional health problems – and some of you will even help to prevent suicides.
  • Suicide is the second most common cause of death for those aged 15 – 24
  • Youth MHFA has been designed and proved to equip you with the right skills to help others  
  • Youth MHFA teaches you how to approach those difficult conversations or situations
  • Provides helpful tips to improve your own mental wellbeing
  • Having conversation about mental health helps to break down the barriers of stigma, discrimination and social inequalities
Venue: 
Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Community Centre,
90 Brooklyn Rd,
Nottingham
NG6 9ES
 
To book on or for more information email: training@harmless.org.uk or call 0115 934 8446 

Would you like to work for Harmless and the Let’s Talk Training Team?

We are currently recruiting for a number of positions within the organisation to join our Let’s Talk Training team on a sessional basis. These include:

Self Harm and Suicide Prevention Trainer (Sessional)

ASIST / MHFA Trainer (Bank Staff)

For an application form and job description, or for more information please email info@harmless.org.uk or call 01159 348445 (admin line only). Please include the job title you are applying for in your email.

JOB TITLE: Self Harm and Suicide Prevention Trainer
Hours: Sessional basis
Pay:

  • £150 – £200 per Full Day (Specialist Harmless Training)  
  • £100 – £150 per Half Day (Specialist Harmless Training) 
  • ASIST/MHFA qualified Trainers – Negotiable (Depending on experience)    

IMPORTANT:  FULL DRIVERS LICENSE AND OWN CAR ESSENTIAL FOR THE ROLE

DUTIES AND KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Deliver high quality and professional training on behalf of Harmless and its associated projects to external parties including (but not limited to) external organisations, school, professionals and carers.
  • Delivery of a range of training packages including (but not limited to) PSHE workshops, specialist workshops and two day, full day and half day specialist sessions on the themes of Mental Health, Self Harm & Suicide.
  • A willingness to offer personal experience during training delivery  by sharing own experiences of distress (and/or self harm) and recovery (in line with Harmless’ service user led ethos)
  • Represent Harmless in a professional manner at all times
  • Deliver training against agreed learning outcomes
  • Develop and maintain training content in line with changes in the field and to the highest standard upon negotiation with the Harmless Management Team
  • Maintain excellent professional relationships with delegates and/or organisations with a view to secure future training opportunities
  • Be an integral part of the booking process with support from the administration team
  • To ensure all data collection tools are used to monitor and improve upon training delivery
  • Ensure training materials are appropriate for delegates requirements
  • Report to Harmless management regularly about the progress of training and address any issues that may arise, recording relevant statistics where required.
  • Promote the work of Harmless in a positive manner and recommend resources and alternative training opportunities where possible.
  • Maintain excellent relationships with delegates and/or organisations before, during and after training delivery
  • To work with Harmless management in continuously improving Harmless’ training packages including (but not limited to) current content, delivery methods, course materials and handouts, booking process.
  • To work with Harmless management in designing and delivering new training packages in order to meet current demands in training, compete with other organisations and increase revenue.
  • To be aware of safeguarding issues that may arise and follow Harmless protocol in managing this.

JOB TITLE: ASIST Trainer / MHFA Trainer
Hours: Bank Staff
Pay: Negotiable (Depending on experience)    

IMPORTANT:  FULL DRIVERS LICENSE AND OWN CAR ESSENTIAL FOR THE ROLE

This role will be ideal for those who have recently qualified to become ASIST and MHFA instructors.

DUTIES AND KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Deliver ASIST and/or MHFA training on behalf of Harmless and its associated projects to external parties including (but not limited to) external organisations, school, professionals and carers.
  • A willingness to offer personal experience during training delivery  by sharing own experiences of distress (and/or self harm) and recovery (in line with Harmless’ service user led ethos)
  • A willingness to travel (nationwide) with occasional overnight stay as required.
  • Represent Harmless in a professional manner at all times
  • Deliver training against agreed learning outcomes
  • Develop and maintain training content in line with changes in the field and to the highest standard upon negotiation with the Harmless Management Team
  • Maintain excellent professional relationships with delegates and/or organisations with a view to secure future training opportunities
  • Be an integral part of the booking process with support from the administration team
  • To ensure all data collection tools are used to monitor and improve upon training delivery
  • Ensure training materials are appropriate for delegates requirements
  • Report to Harmless management regularly about the progress of training and address any issues that may arise, recording relevant statistics where required.
  • Promote the work of Harmless in a positive manner and recommend resources and alternative training opportunities where possible.
  • Maintain excellent relationships with delegates and/or organisations before, during and after training delivery
  • To work with Harmless management in continuously improving Harmless’ training packages including (but not limited to) current content, delivery methods, course materials and handouts, booking process.
  • To work with Harmless management in designing and delivering new training packages in order to meet current demands in training, compete with other organisations and increase revenue.
  • To be aware of safeguarding issues that may arise and follow Harmless protocol in managing this.

 

Prevention is better than cure – looking out for our next generations

We are all aware of the old saying ‘prevention is better than cure’. If we feel we are coming down with a cold, or have the start of a headache, we will intervene early to hopefully prevent it.

Within every school in the UK there is a qualified first aider to hand, in case of physical illness or injury. There is a preventative measure in place should young people need physical first aid help during their time in the learning environment. Their wellbeing and safety is very much considered in this regard. There are effective interventions and systems in place that can be utilised quickly and easily.

Although there have been some positive changes in recent years, when it comes to mental health, this is more often than not ignored. It is the invisible illness with so much uncertainty and negativity still surrounding it.

How often do we come across mental health first aiders in schools?

Unfortunately, not very often at all.

Although we would like to have the same preventative measures applied to mental health as we have in place for physical health, this frustratingly is not the case.

From a recent article from Dr David A Lee, Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist, discussing the importance of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) in schools, states;

‘It is fundamental that early warning signs of mental health are detected at an early rate in children and adolescents so that prompt action can be taken to ensure helpful support and appropriate treatment. Unfortunately, this is not our reality at present’

This really does bring to the forefront that early intervention is what is needed. We need to be proactive, not reactive.

It is stated within the same article that;

‘5% of adolescents suffer from depression at any one time and 20% will experience depressive symptoms by the time they enter childhood. To add to this, approximately 10-15% of children or adolescents have one or more diagnosable anxiety disorder.’

It is also discussed that eating disorders are on the increase, particularly in young females.

Why as a society are we not more concerned about the rise of mental health issues in our young people?

Emotional wellbeing should be at the forefront when supporting young people. Mental health training should be provided for frontline workers supporting and working with children and adolescents.

Anyone can be trained in mental health and anyone can respond to those in distress.

Why should we let individuals get to such high levels of distress, before we step in, when we all know, and likely use that famous saying ‘prevention is better that cure’

By having trained staff within each and every school, caregivers can detect warning signs of possible mental ill health and ensure that early intervention is implemented. This can be in the form of signposting, liaising with specialists in the field, seeking appropriate professional help, such as psychological treatments, or referring on to a safeguarding lead or pastoral support. While doing so, it is vital we work collaboratively with the individual and empower them to make their own decisions about their needs and wants.

Finally, Dr David Lee goes onto state;

While MHFA is still very much in its infancy as a concept, it offers a unique solution to the needs of schools and colleges in terms of cultivating pupil wellbeing and positive mental health, and to the early recognition of mental health problems’

If you have any training needs surrounding mental health, Harmless can provide bespoke CPD accredited training packages as well as the MHFA 2 day programme

Contact us on…
Phone: 0115 934 8446
Email: 
training@harmless.org.uk

Upcoming Lifesaving Training at Harmless

In the lead up to the festive period, a high risk time for those in distress, Harmless will be delivering training that can provide you with the skills and confidence to respond to individuals with mental health problems and at risk of suicide.

Mental Health First Aid – £200 per delegate or if booking 3 or more people, a 20% discount will be applied making each delegate place £160

On 25th and 26th November, we will be running 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. By completing this course it will develop your skills, abilities and confidence in being able to support individuals with a range of mental health conditions.

The course is split into 4 manageable chunks. These are;

  • What is mental health
  • Suicide
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Psychosis

In each section you will learn how to;

  • Spot the early signs of a mental health problem
  • Feel confident helping someone experiencing a mental health problem
  • Provide help on a first aid basis
  • Help prevent someone hurting themselves or others
  • Help stop a mental illness from getting worse
  • Help someone recover faster
  • Guide someone towards the right support
  • Reduce the stigma of mental health problems

What are the main benefits of MHFA for me?

MHFA will give you the skills to be able to support individuals with mental conditions in crisis. While you will be unable to diagnose mental health conditions, MHFA teaches you how to recognise symptoms of mental ill health, how to support someone in crisis using an effective model and the support networks available to someone with mental ill health. You will also learn that recovery is likely and indeed possible.

 

 

 

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

On the 10th and 11th December we will be delivering Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

This will be charged at a one off, special reduced rate of £150 per delegate (usually £250)

Who is ASIST for?

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is for everyone 16 or older—regardless of prior experience—who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid. Shown by major studies to significantly reduce suicidality, the ASIST model teaches effective intervention skills while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community.

We mean it when we say that ASIST is for everyone. Virtually anyone aged 16 and older can learn the skills to intervene and save a life from suicide. Professionals as well as members of the community at large have all found great value in ASIST over the years.

Many professionals attend ASIST because suicide intervention skills are essential for their work. In many organisations, ASIST is a mandatory component of training. Nurses, physicians, mental health professionals, pharmacists, teachers, counsellors, youth workers, police, first responders, correctional staff, school support staff, clergy, and volunteers have all found that ASIST complements their existing training and knowledge.

Other people attend simply because they want to be able to help someone in need, in much the same way they might learn CPR. Because the training is comprehensive and doesn’t rely on prior qualifications, they can have the same meaningful experience as a professional caregiver.

ASIST has saved and changed hundreds of thousands of lives around the world.

What are the main benefits of attending ASIST training?

Here is what you can expect at your ASIST training:

  • ASIST is held over two consecutive days for a total of 15 hours.
  • ASIST is based on principles of adult learning. It values participants’ experiences and contributions and encourages them to share actively in the learning process.
  • ASIST workshops always have a minimum of two active ASIST trainers present for the entire two days. If there are more than 30 participants, there will be at least three trainers. Workshops over 45 participants are not recommended and should be split into two separate sessions instead.
  • Trainers show two award-winning videos in the course of the workshop. Cause of Death? provides a common starting point for the discussion of attitudes about suicide, while two versions of It Begins with You illustrate the process of a suicide intervention.
  • Some parts of ASIST take place with all participants together, and others take place in a smaller work group. This helps create a balance between safety and challenge. Participants need not disclose personal experiences to the whole group.
  • Local resources are provided and their availability in the community is discussed.
  • Participant materials include a 20-page workbook, wallet card, and stickers. Participants also receive a certificate upon completing the workshop.

 

What does ASIST cover?

There are 5 key stages of ASIST;

  • Preparing – Sets the tone, norms and expectations of the learning experience.
  • Connecting – Sensitizes participants to their own attitudes towards suicide. Creates an understanding of the impact that attitudes can have on the intervention process.
  • Understanding – Overviews the intervention needs of a person at risk. It focuses on providing participants with the knowledge and skills to recognize risk and develop safe plans to reduce the risk of suicide.
  • Assisting - Presents a model for effective suicide intervention. Participants develop their skills through observation and supervised simulation experiences in large and small groups.
  • Networking - Generates information about resources in the local community. Promotes a commitment by participants to transform local resources into helping networks.

 

Where can I find more information or book on the course?

For more information about our ASIST  and MHFA training or to book please contact Harmless and ask for Sophie Allen (Training coordinator, ASIST & MHFA trainer).

Telephone: 0115 934 8445

Emailtraining@harmless.org.uk or

Upcoming Free Mental Health Workshops Delivered by Harmless

To coincide with Nottingham’s Mental Health Awareness weeks, Harmless will be delivering free workshops focusing on Mental Health.

Tuesday 6th October

Mental Health Community Workshop – Carers and Citizens 1:30pm – 3:30pm

This workshop will focus on how to promote resilience and wellbeing in the community through building of awareness and resilience amongst citizens and carers

A 1 hour drop in service will be held after Community Workshop delivery

Wednesday 7th October 

Mental Health Awareness Training for Frontline Workers 1:00pm – 5:00pm

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

Training will be delivered at;

Harmless

NCVS

7 Mansfield Road

Nottingham

NG1 3FB

 

To book a place, please contact Sophie Allen on 0115 934 8445

Or email Sophie@harmless.org.uk  or training@harmless.org.uk

Places are extremely limited so book promptly to avoid disappointment

Please note to be eligible for this training you must live or work in Nottingham city

Introduction to Self Harm and Working with Self Harm: General Training – 2nd November 2015

Our next Introduction to Self Harm and Working with Self Harm: General Training day will be held on Tuesday 2nd November 2015.

This training day will provide an opportunity for individuals from a broad range of professional arenas to attend and get a detailed overview of self harm and working with self harm. Although there is some opportunity for delegates to explore the impact upon them in their own professional arenas, the training is non-specific to a particular field.

The training day will cover:

  • What self harm is, and who it effects
  • What causes someone to self harm and some of the myths around self harm
  • What can be done to support and help people who self harm
  • Managing the impact of self harm as an individual and a workplace
  • Useful interventions for working with people who self harm and promoting empowerment
  • Managing and assessing risk

The training is CPD certified and is delivered over the course of a day and will use a range of delivery methods. Price includes a resource/training pack for all participants.

To book your place, click here, or email training@harmless.org.uk

Date: Tuesday 2nd November 2015

Venue:  Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service, 7 Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG1 3FB

Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm

FREE mental health training if you live or work in Nottingham City

Harmless are hosting a range of free courses, book fast to avoid disappointment:
If you live or work in Nottingham City: Mental Health Community Workshops 

 

Monday 5th October 1 x morning 9:30am – 11:30am (2 hours per delivery)

Tuesday 6th October1 x afternoon 1:30pm – 3:30pm (2 hours per delivery)

 

1 x Mental Health Awareness Training for Frontline Workers

 

Wednesday 7th October afternoon 1:00pm – 5:00pm
To book on any of the courses, please email sophie@harmless.org.uk

ASIST Training at Harmless – 26th & 27th October 2015

ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th October 2015  - £250 per person

The upcoming training, co-delivered by two qualified and certified ASIST trainers, 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.

Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Refreshments, lunch and all resources will be provided on both days of the workshop.

Certificate for  each delegate upon completion

Who is ASIST for?

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is for everyone 16 or older—regardless of prior experience—who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid. Shown by major studies to significantly reduce suicidality, the ASIST model teaches effective intervention skills while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community.

We mean it when we say that ASIST is for everyone. Virtually anyone aged 16 and older can learn the skills to intervene and save a life from suicide. Professionals as well as members of the community at large have all found great value in ASIST over the years.

Many professionals attend ASIST because suicide intervention skills are essential for their work. In many organisations, ASIST is a mandatory component of training. Nurses, physicians, mental health professionals, pharmacists, teachers, counsellors, youth workers, police, first responders, correctional staff, school support staff, clergy, and volunteers have all found that ASIST complements their existing training and knowledge.

Other people attend simply because they want to be able to help someone in need, in much the same way they might learn CPR. Because the training is comprehensive and doesn’t rely on prior qualifications, they can have the same meaningful experience as a professional caregiver.

Why is ASIST important?

Developed in 1983 and regularly updated to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice, ASIST is the world’s leading suicide intervention workshop. During the two-day interactive session, participants learn to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Over 1,000,000 people have taken the workshop, and studies have proven that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings for those at risk.

Workshop features:

  • Presentations and guidance from two LivingWorks registered trainers
  • A scientifically proven intervention model
  • Powerful audiovisual learning aids
  • Group discussions
  • Skills practice and development
  • A balance of challenge and safety

ASIST has saved and changed hundreds of thousands of lives around the world.

What are the main benefits of attending ASIST training?

Here is what you can expect at your ASIST training:

  • ASIST is held over two consecutive days for a total of 15 hours.
  • ASIST is based on principles of adult learning. It values participants’ experiences and contributions and encourages them to share actively in the learning process.
  • ASIST workshops always have a minimum of two active ASIST trainers present for the entire two days. If there are more than 30 participants, there will be at least three trainers. Workshops over 45 participants are not recommended and should be split into two separate sessions instead.
  • Trainers show two award-winning videos in the course of the workshop. Cause of Death? provides a common starting point for the discussion of attitudes about suicide, while two versions of It Begins with You illustrate the process of a suicide intervention.
  • Some parts of ASIST take place with all participants together, and others take place in a smaller work group. This helps create a balance between safety and challenge. Participants need not disclose personal experiences to the whole group.
  • Local resources are provided and their availability in the community is discussed.
  • Participant materials include a 20-page workbook, wallet card, and stickers. Participants also receive a certificate upon completing the workshop.

What does ASIST cover?

There are 5 key stages of ASIST;

Preparing – Sets the tone, norms and expectations of the learning experience.

Connecting – Sensitizes participants to their own attitudes towards suicide. Creates an understanding of the impact that attitudes can have on the intervention process.

Understanding – Overviews the intervention needs of a person at risk. It focuses on providing participants with the knowledge and skills to recognize risk and develop safe plans to reduce the risk of suicide.

Assisting - Presents a model for effective suicide intervention. Participants develop their skills through observation and supervised simulation experiences in large and small groups.

Networking - Generates information about resources in the local community. Promotes a commitment by participants to transform local resources into helping networks.

Where can I find more information or book on the course?

For more information about our ASIST training or to book please contact Harmless and ask for Sophie Allen (Training coordinator and ASIST trainer).

To book on this course, click here

Emailtraining@harmless.org.uk or Telephone: 0115 9348445

Date(s): 26th and 27th October 2015 Times: 9am until 5pm (both days)

Training Location: Harmless, NCVS, 7 Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG1 3FB

Please note: Attendance on both days of the workshop is mandatory