The Portsmouth Suicide Prevention Partnership today announces the creation of a 'crisis card' and funded safeTALK training to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September).
The 'crisis card' is a credit card sized fold-out leaflet providing details of organisations who can provide support to someone in helping them address issues that have been shown to be some of the biggest risk factors in suicide, for example; debt, relationship breakdown, bereavement and homelessness. SafeTALK is a half-day alertness training session that prepares anyone 15 or older to become a suicide-alert helper. People attending the training will learn how to:
- Challenge attitudes that inhibit open talk about suicide
- Listen to the person’s feelings about suicide to show that they are taken seriously
- Move quickly to connect them with someone trained in suicide intervention
The safeTALK training has been funded by Portsmouth City Council to enable people to attend for free. There are 20 places available at the first session in November, which will be held at the University of Portsmouth.