WISE STEPS Plus Evaluation

WISE STEPS Plus – Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training (online)

Duration: 3 Hours

WISE STEPS PLUS has been developed specifically for delegates who have already attended the WISE STEPS Gatekeeper online Training. It provides online enhanced training opportunities to further support those who are having suicidal thoughts.Learn more about Wise Steps Plus

Alternatives to online forms you can download a copy of the evaluation form: Download the evaluation form here

    Now I have completed the training here are my thoughts:


    Wise Steps Gatekeeper Evaluation

    WISE STEPS – Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training (online)

    Duration: 3 Hours

    WISE STEPS is an online ‘gatekeeper’ training workshop built on years of experience and best evidenced based approaches in the field of suicide prevention. Designed, developed and delivered by Forward For Life and Common Unity, WISE STEPS provides a strong foundation for those seeking the tools needed to support people who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. Learn more about Wise Steps

    Alternatives to online forms you can download a copy of the evaluation form: Download the evaluation form here

      Now I have completed the training here are my thoughts:


      SCHEMA Evaluation

      SCHEMA – An Approach to Suicide Prevention

      Duration: 1 Day

      The SCHEMA suicide prevention course is suitable for all walks of life and this is because suicidal behaviour occurs across all our communities and is everybody’s responsibility. Whatever your background, by attending SCHEMA you will feel better prepared to support someone who has suicidal thoughts.Learn more about SCHEMA

      Alternatives to online forms you can download a copy of the evaluation form: Download the evaluation form here

       

        Please indicate your impressions from the statements listed below:


        Suicide doesn’t discriminate

        Suicide takes thousands of lives per year in the UK. Years of love, memories, relationships and possibilities are lost each time a person dies by suicide. We are losing our family members, our friends, our neighbours and work colleagues. It affects every community so we need to support our communities to have to prevent suicide – provide them with tools and knowledge that can be cascaded far and wide.

        It is through this approach that the Community Connectors Suicide Prevention programme has been developed for Birmingham communities. Conceptualised by Common Unity and Forward For Life, this approach will empower communities to provide learning to their networks on the challenge of suicide and how to support people to stay alive. For more information and to receive updates email info@common-unity.org

        Our Website links:

        https://urbrum.org

        https://common-unity.org

        https://forwardforlife.org

        https://the-waitingroom.org

        Suicide Prevention Training Feedback

        Telling us straight

        In our field of work we are keen to know what you think of the training you receive from us. We need to know what things are going well, what could be improved and how you feel about the experience we provide.


        SCHEMA – An Approach to Suicide Prevention

        SCHEMA is a suicide prevention course that supports professionals and community members in effectively helping people with suicidal thoughts. The SCHEMA suicide prevention course is suitable for all walks of life and this is because suicidal behaviour occurs across all our communities and is everybody’s responsibility. Whatever your background, by attending SCHEMA you will feel better prepared to support someone who has suicidal thoughts.


        SCHEMA FeedbackDateRecommendScore

        Very good session, well organised and communicated the information clearly. Really engaging.
        27/05/21Yes10

        Both Caron & Terry did an amazing job on delivering today’s training.
        27/05/21Yes10

        The training was good and really engaging I really enjoyed it.
        27/05/21Yes10

        The Schema training was a new approach for me, however, at the end of the session, I now feel more confident.
        27/05/21Yes9

        Great – loved it was so helpful and interactive really thought-provoking I learned a lot.
        27/05/21Yes10

        The engaging activities really helped prepare for real life scenarios.
        16/04/21Yes10

        Excellent training, informative and interactive
        16/04/21Yes10

        The training was interactive and relevant to our line of work. Really impressed with Terry’s and Caron’s passion and enthusiasm on the topic.
        16/04/21Yes10

        Thank you so much for an interesting and informative day.
        26/02/21Yes10

        Really enjoyed the training. It was engaging and informative. Feel as though I have genuinely improved my knowledge.
        26/02/21Yes10

        Loved the ice breaker. Trainers made you feel comfortable and included.
        26/02/21Yes10

        The training was very useful and informative. Thank you
        26/02/21Yes8

        Excellent training. Engaging and interactive. I learned a lot and will be able to use this on the helpline.
        26/02/21Yes10

        More information on SCHEMA can be found here


        WISE STEPS – Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training

        WISE STEPS is an online ‘gatekeeper’ training workshop built on years of experience and best evidenced based approaches in the field of suicide prevention.

        Designed, developed and delivered by Forward For Life and Common Unity, WISE STEPS provides a strong foundation for those seeking the tools needed to support people who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide.


        FeedbackDateRecommend

        I thought the training and the trainers were very knowledgeable and I feel more confident now with the guidance I have received so thank you, Terry & Caron
        28/05/21YES

        Really really enjoyed it wish it was longer and in person.
        28/05/21YES

        Both facilitators were excellent in their delivery, the team felt at ease with the content discussed. Good breakdown of steps, and suggested words to enable myself to ask the direct question. Team members felt supported throughout the training. Thank you.
        28/05/21YES

        I would really like to stay involved with further training id like to take the opportunity to thank you for the training and you’re supporting. The work you are doing and have done in the community and the Waiting rooms want to say how useful this is.
        28/05/21YES

        Caron & Terry are excellent trainers & facilitators
        28/05/21YES

        More information about Wise Steps can be found here

        Outstanding feedback from our first online delivery of Wise Steps

        After launching our very first online Suicide Prevention programme, Wise Steps, we were taken aback by the outstanding feedback we received.

        What WISE Steps is

        WISE STEPS is an online ‘gatekeeper’ training workshop built on years of experience and best evidenced based approaches in the field of suicide prevention.

        Designed, developed and delivered by Forward For Life and Common Unity, WISE STEPS provides a strong foundation for those seeking the tools needed to support people who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide.

        Feedback:
        Getting rid of the stigma and taboo around suicide is paramount in helping people get the support they need and is part of helping to save lives so programmes like this are massively important in raising awareness. Thank you
        Thank-you for the training I found it both informative and transferable to real life encounters.
        I found the training informative, i think a lot of it I knew already but it emphasized certain points.
        I think the training was really clear and timely. It gave us time to learn then discuss what we had learnt to ensure we understood. I would definitely recommend the training, it was very beneficial
        It was excellent and very informative all round. Great job guys
        The transition to online training seemed to work very well.
        The teamwork between the two trainers worked very well.
        I was very impressed in the training provided today and can only suggest how important I believe this training is for new recruits into the police service. Many thanks for a brilliant bit of training.

        Get in touch:

        You can contact us regarding any of our training programmes or anything else for that matter – we love to chat about how we can support you.

        Email: info@forwardforlife.org

        Telephone: 07585776800

        More information can be found here: Click here for link to Wise Steps

        WISE STEPS – Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training (online)

        WISE STEPS is an online ‘gatekeeper’ training workshop built on years of experience and best evidenced based approaches in the field of suicide prevention.

        Designed, developed and delivered by Forward For Life and Common Unity, WISE STEPS provides a strong foundation for those seeking the tools needed to support people who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide.


        Course Info

        Facilitators: 2
        Maximum Delegate Number: 14
        Duration: 3 Hours

        Who is this course for:

        WISE STEPS training aims to support organisations and communities to be better prepared to identify and support those at risk of suicide.

        How you benefit from WISE STEPS:

        • Understand the impact of suicide and the stigma surrounding suicide.
        • Gain knowledge of the common myths and misconceptions.
        • Have a strong base line knowledge of how to identify those at risk.
        • Gain skills in open and direct dialogue on suicide.
        • Direct those at risk to appropriate support organisations.
        • Knowledge of local and national support resources.
        • Increased confidence in supporting a person who may be at risk of suicide.
        • Understand the vital importance of self-care and personal support opportunities.

        Next level online learning:

        WISE STEPS PLUS has been developed specifically for delegates who have already attended the WISE STEPS Gatekeeper online Training.

        It provides online enhanced training opportunities to further support those who are having suicidal thoughts.


        Course Info

        Facilitators: 2
        Maximum delegate Number: 12
        Duration: 3 Hours

        Who is this course for:

        WISE STEPS PLUS is specifically for community members/organisations who have attended the WISE STEPS online Gatekeeper training who wish to develop their skill base further when directly supporting a person with thoughts of suicide to stay safe.

        How you benefit from WISE STEPS PLUS:

        • Enhanced skills in open and direct dialogue
        • Skills in developing tailored Life Plans and assessing risk concerns.
        • Understanding and utilisation of ‘exploring safety’ techniques
        • Increased knowledge of CARE prioritisation model
        • Development of both implementation skills and observation skills through role simulation/case studies

        Quality assurance

        Forward For Life and Common Unity have specialised in the fields of mental health, wellbeing and suicide prevention for a combined period of more than 50 years. They have designed, developed and delivered a range of training programmes across the UK to communities, the public sector and private sector. The training is delivered by Master Trainers in the internationally recognised ASIST and safeTALK suicide prevention programmes.


        Our Face to Face suicide prevention training

        SCHEMA is our one day course that further supports delegates with skills in developing individual Life Plans for people with thoughts of suicide. SCHEMA is delivered currently as part of the Birmingham and Solihull suicide prevention NHS programme and has been successfully delivered to as part of the Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Partnership Trusts programme for reducing suicide. By attending the SCHEMA course which is our face to face eqivilent to attending our online Wise Steps Plus Suicide Prevention Training.

        For more information on SCHEMA please click here.

        Have any questions?

        Why not get in touch with us so we can help with any inquiries you may have.

        CLICK HERE to go to our contact page or call us on 07585776800


        About the facilitators:

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        Facilitators: Terry Rigby & Caron Thompson

        Terry Rigby (Forward For Life) and Caron Thompson (Common Unity) are recognised Suicide Prevention Trainers with 50 years combined experience of working in the mental health, suicide prevention and wellbeing sector both in a strategic and operational capacity.

        Since 2012, Terry and Caron have delivered suicide prevention training on behalf of Birmingham and Solihull NHS, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council and Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Partnership Trust. Training has also been delivered across the UK to the private sector and national charitable organisations including IBM, Crisis, GazProm, McDonalds, National Express and BetFred.

        Since they began co-facilitating, over 3000 people have benefited from learning suicide prevention skills through a range of training programmes and events.


        Suicide and Suicide Prevention

        An overview of current challenges and future opportunities // 2016

        This document provides the following information on suicide and the impact of prevention towards suicide.

        • Learning Outcomes
        • The Global Picture
        • The National Picture
        • Suicide – Just the tip of the Iceberg
        • Death Rate by Suicide Regional England and Wales
        • Suicide – Caution on statistics
        • Suicide verdicts per Local Authority
        • Solihull – Suicide age-standardised rate: per 100,000 (3 year average)
        • Birmingham – Suicide age-standardised rate: per 100,000 (3 year average)
        • The Economic Cost of Suicide
        • Birmingham & Solihull Strategic (2015)
        • The Evidence Base – Some of What Works?
        • Local Opportunities, Future Possibilities – Training
        • Local Opportunities, Future Possibilities – Peer Led Group/Targeted Programmes
        • Information and Access – E – Participation – URBRUM

        SafeTALK

        Nearly 6000 people take their own lives across the UK each year. safeTALK is a half-day course that offers you practical steps to help someone with thoughts of suicide and helps you both to connect with more specialised support.

        The safeTALK course was developed by LivingWorks in Canada and is delivered worldwide. It complements our more comprehensive 2 day ASIST course by widening the net of suicide alert helpers to ensure that thoughts of suicide aren’t missed, dismissed or avoided. Through attending the safeTALK course, you will know what to do if someone’s suicidal through following the easy to remember TALK steps – Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep-safe.

        These practical steps offer immediate help to someone having thoughts of suicide and helps you both move forward to connect with more specialised support. The safeTALK course is based on the principles of maximum dissemination and minimum cost.

        The Course is aimed at: Paid or unpaid staff providing a range of services who may have contact with individuals at risk of suicide including but not exclusive to:

        • Mental health workers
        • Other health and social care workers
        • Police & prison service staff
        • Drug and alcohol workers
        • Counselors and therapists
        • Student support services
        • Faith groups

        ASIST

        Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) trains frontline staff in early intervention. The 15-hour workshop held over two days teaches participants to connect, understand and assist people who may be at risk of suicide.

        Saving Lives Through Suicide Prevention Skills – The Two Day ASIST Course is suitable for people from all walks of life. Mental health professionals, nurses, doctors, pharmacists, teachers, counsellors, youth workers, police and prison staff, school support staff, clergy, community volunteers and those training to undertake these roles have all benefited from ASIST.

        As an ASIST-trained suicide alert first aid intervention Caregiver, you will be better able to:

        Identify people who may have thoughts of suicide. By having this knowledge you will be better placed to provide timely support. Understand how your beliefs and attitudes can affect suicide interventions. Through understanding, you will understand the impact of stigma and the potential blockers to support.Seek and share and understanding of the reasons for thoughts of suicide and the reasons for living. Review current risk and develop a plan. A jointly agreed plan can increase safety from suicidal behaviour for an agreed amount of time. Follow up on all the safety commitments, accessing further help as needed. Through this the person at risk knows they are being well supported.

        All 2 Day Courses include:

        LivingWorks Accredited Certificates

        LivingWorks ASIST Workbooks and other ASIST Materials licensed to this course

        Other local resources relevant to the participant geographical areas of operation.

        ​Internationally recognised, highly reputed
        The intervention is intended to prevent suicidal thoughts becoming suicidal behaviours. ASIST is underpinned by the idea that many people who are thinking about suicide will find some way to signal their intent. The workshops provide training in suicide intervention. They are designed to help a person become more ready, willing, and able to help someone who is having thoughts of suicide.

        ASIST is intensive, interactive and practice dominated. The process helps caregivers — or any people of trust — recognise risk and also learn how to intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.

        Testimonies

        Above: The Hertforshire delegates trained in ASIST in April 2014 – This group of dedicated professionals from across the County are now developing their own Suicide Prevention Network known as SING.

        I found the ASIST training really useful and it has made me for less worried about talking to someone wanting or thinking about ending their life
        On-going research continues to best establish which suicide interventions are most effective. To date, we have the evidence to show that ASIST does give care-givers the skills and confidence to put an intervention in place. Recent evidence has also shown that for Crisis Workers on helplines, the ASIST approach is effective in saving lives. But we feel at Forward For Life that there is nothing more convincing than direct narratives from those on the ground who have been trained in ASIST.

        So we asked the delegates who had been on our training whether it had been effectively employed in their day to day work – and this is what they said.

        Probation

        “I used the ASIST training (2014) with one of my female offenders. She came for her usual appointment and was stating that she felt the world was coming in on her. She has a diagnosed Personality disorder but the Mental Health teams were not engaged with her. I completed the ASIST approach with her and although she had no plan in place we still looked at reasons to live and reasons to die. I drew a safe plan up with her and agreed with her that she would give me 24 hours.

        I referred to Mental Health teams for an assessment gave them all the information as to what i had done thus far for her and insisted that she be given an appointment as early as possible. They assessed and discharged but now have PD team involved and Forensic Mental health team.
        Most importantly my client, now feels that she can cope with the interventions I am putting in place with her and has another support network beyond her time with me.”

        Teacher

        “I have been supporting a lovely 17 year old student during her restart year after suffering a breakdown in her first year. She was very up and down and felt she was very open with me and we had a good relationship. However a few weeks ago after stockpiling medication took an overdose, telling me later she hardly remembered taking them. She woke feeling dizzy and told her sister who called 999 and thankfully her life was saved. I was very shocked but so relieved when she came to see me, still low but happy to be still here.

        My ASIST training (2014) helped me to say the right things, to agree a safe plan to which she agreed and to signpost more help. She came to me as a friend and mentor and I thank god I had the ASIST training to help her. She is now having much more help and bipolar disorder is suspected

        Counsellor

        “I found the ASIST (2013) training really useful and it has made me for less worried about talking to someone wanting or thinking about ending their life. I have used the training in a telephone call in a previous job with someone who was suicidal and had the means and a plan of how they were going to end their life. Because of the training i didn’t panic but listened to the person for quite some time before identifying some things that he wanted to live for. I talked to them about these and arranged for them to see their GP. I got them to agree to see their GP and ensured that they were seeing a friend that evening, I also arranged to call them the following day to check in and see how they were. When i spoke to them the following day they were so grateful and said that if it hadn’t been for me listening to them and caring about what happened to them, they would have killed themselves the previous day.

        I’ve also used the training in my role as a counsellor – I’ve used it on a couple of occasions with clients who had been having suicidal ideation although they weren’t actively planning to kill themselves. On both occasions the clients found it helpful to be able to talk through their feelings with someone who just wanted to listen.”

        Teacher

        “I have had to put into practice ASIST on 2 occasions since completing our training in April 2014, and all I can say is that I felt prepared for both situations. Both situations were totally different, as one was for a member of staff and the latest situation was a Yr 11 student on the last week of term.

        The member of staff was directed to me for support/off load, and with the guidance from our training I was able to ask the right questions which lead to a safe plan and contacting the member of staff’s partner, and making an appointment at their Dr’s.

        With regards to the yr. 11 student, with whom I had worked in the past due to self harming. I could see a difference in attitude than previously, which gave me the push to ask if they were thinking of suicide and what appeared to be relief when I asked the question she told me “yes” and told me how she wanted to end her life. Again I don’t think I would have been so direct with my questioning if I had not attended ASIST. I have now in place, support whilst she is at school completing exams. Parents are on board too, contact numbers have been given to the student and parents and CAMHS aware and updated.

        On the day of her telling me that she wished to end her life, we managed from not wanting to tell anyone, to agreeing a safe plan for the next 24hrs until we got everyone on board.”

        Employment Consultant

        “If I had not had the ASIST training (2014) with Forward For Life and Common Unity I would not have had the confidence to give support to two people.

        As a result of the training I was able to sit for an hour and a half with a man who had tried to commit suicide to work through some of the processes he had undergone. When I arrived he was not able to sit up and was in coherent and in tears. By the end of the meeting he was able to sit up and talk rationally with me about the events leading up to the attempt.

        In another case the training gave me the ability to talk with a lady who admitted to me that she had contemplated suicide having been sexually harassed. The training gave me the confidence to support her. I have been able to assist her to see that her feelings of worthlessness and guilt coming out of the harassment were understandable and that what had happened was not her fault and she should not listen to her negative thought about concentrate on the positive ones.”

        Company Director (Health and Well Being)

        “Representatives from our organisation undertook the ASIST training (2013) for our management and support workers and we have been able to put the training to use straight away and have supported young people.

        One Saturday morning after an incident on the previous night, myself and a colleague were able to help this young person in crisis who confirmed to us that they had felt suicidal for a long time but no one had noticed before. Without the training received, suicide would have continued to be a subject that we as a team felt was taboo – but now have the confidence to ask questions and give support.”

        Commissioner

        “Fortunately, I have not had to use the skills and approaches learnt during the 2 day ASIST course (2013) with Forward For Life . However, attending the ASIST course has benefited me in other ways, such as helping people who are feeling low, going through bereavement, depressed, and generally feeling down.

        I highly recommend this both serious, and yet enjoyable course, as it helps in understanding a person’s deep-rooted misery, teaches essential techniques to stop a horrific tragedy, and enables wider awareness to further support, at risk and vulnerable individuals. Delivered in an engaging and interactive way, the ASIST course clearly meets it aims.”

        Company Director – Training Consultancy

        “I found the ASIST training engaging, the facilitators from Forward For Life were skilled in approaching such an emotive and sensitive subject with essence of humour and reality. I’ve become a supporter of their work and endorse their invaluable training.”