TalkSuicide workshops aim to prevent further tragedies

Sign up for FREE suicide prevention training workshops in Hull.
Public urged to sign up for FREE suicide prevention training workshops in Hull.

People are being encouraged to sign up for free suicide prevention training workshops in Hull next month, as part of the #TalkSuicide campaign from local NHS and council organisations.

The Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership is hosting two workshops in Hull on Tuesday, 17th March 2020 at Wellington House, 108 Beverley Road, Hull, HU3 1YA – and members of the public are invited to attend to learn life-saving skills.

These one-hour workshops, which will run between 1pm-2pm and 2.30pm-3.30pm, are free to attend but it is essential to register beforehand. You can register at bit.ly/TalkSuicideHull2.

There were 6,507 registered suicides in the UK in 2018 – which amounts to one death by suicide every 80 minutes. Yorkshire and Humber had some of the highest rates of suicide in England in 2018.

The suicide prevention workshops will be group training sessions, including interactive video-based training from the Zero Suicide Alliance and discussion with people who work in suicide prevention within our local community. Free refreshments will be available.

Completing the training at the workshop will help attendees to: 

  • Identify the signs of when someone might be suffering from suicidal thoughts.
  • Feel comfortable speaking out about suicide in a supportive manner.
  • Signpost anyone suffering from suicidal thoughts to the correct services and support.

The workshops are part of the Partnership’s #TalkSuicide campaign, which aims to reduce the stigma around talking about suicide by raising awareness about suicide in our communities and encouraging our people to complete suicide prevention training.

Jo Kent, Suicide Prevention Lead for the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership, said: “Every death by suicide is a tragedy and in Humber, Coast and Vale we are working collaboratively with the NHS, councils, voluntary organisations and other groups to prevent suicides from happening in our communities.

“The suicide prevention training is integral to this work as those who complete the training can make a real difference in their communities, simply by being better placed to identify those people who might be suffering from suicidal thoughts, knowing what to say to them in these circumstances, and signposting them to the most appropriate services. 

“We want to train as many people as possible in our communities so if you can spare an hour on the afternoon of Tuesday, 17th March please register for one of the free suicide prevention training workshops taking place in Hull – the skills you learn could help to save someone’s life in the future.”

Workshops are also being held in Beverley, Scunthorpe, Grimsby, York and Scarborough during March. Visit talksuicide.co.uk to find out when these workshops are taking place. 

The training can also be completed on the talksuicide.co.uk website, where you can also find out more about the #TalkSuicide campaign.

[Leo Stevens – Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership]

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