Every 10 September we have the opportunity to highlight one of the biggest issues faced by young people across the globe: death by suicide. Naturally this is a tough subject to talk about and it may well have affected you, or someone close to you, but WSPD is a great chance to understand the minds and behaviours of those who may considering it, as well as equipping you to be a resilient and helpful voice for those who may need it most.
As you can see from the infographic above (from Samaritans Suicide Statistics Report 2018), this is a real issue, but organisations like the Samaritans and others across the globe are beginning to train people to notice the signs early - in others and themselves. You can read more about the great work they do via this link.
As this is such an important issue, the College will not just be talking about suicide prevention for one day, but will be hosting a variety of talks, workshops and classes throughout the year in conjunction with the Students’ Union and local charities the Ollie Foundation, and Grassroots. Both of these charities work in Kent and specialise in suicide prevention in young people – check out their websites for more on how they help young people as well as the training courses they run.
If you are interested in learning more about suicide prevention and helping those around you better deal with the implications surrounding it, we are hosting ‘Suicide Talk’, three training sessions to help tackle suicide throughout the year on the following dates:
Tuesday 19 November - Thursday 21 November
Tuesday 14 January - Thursday 16 January
Tuesday 10 March - Thursday 12 March
Upon completion of the SuicideTalk training, you can sign up to a half-day SafeTalk training and following this, Care Assist Training. You can sign up to these classes in the Students’ Union office, or via cantcolsu.com/events.
So, please help us start the conversation and support the great work these charities do on WSPD this year using any of the following hashtags: #WorldSuicidePreventionDay #SuicidePrevention #WSPD2019 #WSPD.
If you have been affected by anything raised in this article, please call our Emotional Wellbeing Centre via the Learning Resource Centre on 01227 811 166, or the Samaritans for free on 116 123. All calls to Samaritans are completely confidential and you do not have to give your name.