Creating Hope Through Action: World Suicide Prevention Day

Creating Hope Through Action is this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day theme, serving as a powerful reminder that through our actions we can encourage hope and strengthen suicide prevention. 

This is a value we take to heart at BLG Mind, and we take action by helping workplaces become environments where stigma is reduce and staff understand how to approach conversations about suicide in a non-judgemental and effective way. 

Last year, a programme of our half-day Suicide Prevention training courses were commissioned by the Royal Borough of Greenwich to give their staff the tools to spot early signs of suicidal thoughts and feelings, offer a listening ear without any judgment, and take the right actions to prevent suicide.    

Initially designed as a one year programme made up of 28 sessions, the courses uncovered a real need, with one participant commenting, “It was an eye-opener for me as a professional and equipped me more for my role in the community.”  

Their view was widely shared, with 100% of attendees saying the training and trainers met or exceeded their expectations, and 71% of those choosing “exceeded”. Furthermore, 100% said they would recommend the training to others. 

As the programme has been so successful, we will now be delivering another 30 sessions up until March 2024, making 58 sessions in total over a 2 year period. So far, we have trained 191 members of Royal Borough of Greenwich staff. 

While a vital area to learn about, suicide prevention is a sensitive topic and can be particularly challenging for some people. In order to create a safe and supported environment, groups are never made up of more than 12 attendees, and each training sessions has a Lead Trainer and Support Facilitator on hand to offer additional support to anyone who feels they might need it. 

If, like Royal Borough of Greenwich, you would like to train your people in Suicide Prevention, read more about our 3 hour course here. The 3 hour course is valued at £700 for 8-12 people, with charity and public sector discounts available. Please contact mhtraining@blgmind.org.uk

World Suicide Prevention Day was established in 2003 by the International Association for Suicide Prevention in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO).