Forward For Life leaders in suicide prevention, innovative practice in wellbeing and mental health https://forwardforlife.org Supporting communities to be Suicide Safer through adopting forward thinking approaches to reduce inequalities and promote opportunities for enhanced well-being and improved quality of life. Wed, 11 Nov 2020 10:39:03 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Outstanding feedback from our first online delivery of Wise Steps https://forwardforlife.org/outstanding-feedback-for-our-first-launch-of-wise-steps/ https://forwardforlife.org/outstanding-feedback-for-our-first-launch-of-wise-steps/#respond Mon, 09 Nov 2020 11:12:12 +0000 https://forwardforlife.org/?p=5114 After launching our very first online Suicide Prevention programme, Wise Steps, we were taken aback by the outstanding feedback we received.

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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

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Our Training https://forwardforlife.org/our_training_cover/ Mon, 26 Oct 2020 15:50:19 +0000 https://forwardforlife.org/?p=4574 All of our training listed is available in this section. But there are other options. If you are looking to bring us in to support your organization through “in-house” development - Read more

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All of our training listed is available in this section. But there are other options. If you are looking to bring us in to support your organization through “in-house” development then please get in touch.

Our ready to go training

Forward for Life have training that is ready to go. Locally developed by specialists in their fields. We deliver training on suicide prevention, mental health and well-being based approaches.

You could consider our highly rated one-day SCHEMA: An Approach To Suicide Prevention programme. Alternatively, you may wish to arrange online training on our WISE Steps gatekeeper workshop.

Tailored Training

We are more than happy to work with organisations to tailor training to your organisational needs. This includes Mental Health Awareness training and Well-being in the Workplace using the Five Ways to Well Being Framework. We will fit the training to your needs to best benefit your organisation.

Standardised Training in Suicide Prevention

SCHEMA Delegates: Coventry and Warwickshire 2019

Forward For Life and Associates, Common Unity, are recognised Master Trainers in both the ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and safeTALK gatekeeper training. We have successfully delivered these programmes for many years across the UK.

Discuss your training needs

If you want to discuss your organisations training and development needs or have any other inquiries about what we deliver or how we can work with you, then please, get in touch

e: info@forwardforlife.org

t: 07585776800


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WISE STEPS: 05/11/20 – Sorry Fully Booked https://forwardforlife.org/wise-steps-05-11-20-sorry-fully-booked/ Mon, 26 Oct 2020 15:46:27 +0000 https://forwardforlife.org/?p=5096 SCHEMA: An Approach to Suicide Prevention
Training Type: Online
Duration: 4 Hours
Date: 5th November 2020

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Course: WISE STEPS Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training
Training Type: Online
Duration: 4 Hours
Date: 5th November 2020
Location: Online
Status: Fully booked
Background:

Over 6000 people take their own lives in the UK each year. There is a clear need to help those with thoughts of suicide to stay alive.


Course Description

WISE STEPS Suicide Prevention Training is an online ‘gatekeeper’ training session utilising knowledge gained from life saving programmes including the highly regarded SCHEMA Suicide Prevention one day course.

Designed, developed and delivered by Forward For Life and Common Unity, WISE STEPS is an online half day suicide prevention training gatekeeper workshop.


How you benefit from the WISE STEPS Workshop
  • Understand the impact of suicide and the stigma surrounding suicide.
  • Gain a 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.

Book a place

Sorry but there are no more places available on this day.


Contact Us

To discuss our future training dates, what we can offer or to book a session for your organisation please get in touch

e. info@forwardforlife.org

t. 07585776800


About the facilitators:
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 Borough Council and Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Partnership Trust. Training has also been delivered across the UK to 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 Caron and Terry via a range of training programmes and events.


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WISE STEPS – Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training (online) https://forwardforlife.org/wise-steps-suicide-prevention-gatekeeper-training-online/ Thu, 22 Oct 2020 10:00:52 +0000 https://forwardforlife.org/?p=5080 Designed, developed and delivered by Forward For Life and Common Unity, WISE Steps is an online half day suicide prevention training gatekeeper workshop

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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.


Facilitators: 2
Online places: 14
Course Type: Online

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 a 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.

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.


Next level learning:

SCHEMA is a 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.

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 Borough Council and Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Partnership Trust. Training has also been delivered across the UK to 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 Caron and Terry via a range of training programmes and events.


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Suicide Prevention Data https://forwardforlife.org/public-health-england-suicide-data/ https://forwardforlife.org/public-health-england-suicide-data/#respond Tue, 06 Oct 2020 13:19:51 +0000 https://forwardforlife.org/?p=5049 Provides access to Public Health's data on suicide rates in your area plus further national documents.

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Suicide data at your fingertips

The Suicide Prevention Profile web-pages have been produced by Public Health England. This data helps people develop understanding at a local level and support an intelligence driven approach to suicide prevention.

It brings together and presents a range of publicly available data on suicide. It also highlights associated prevalence, risk factors, and service contact among groups at increased risk. This resource also provides planners, providers and stakeholders with the means to highlight their area and benchmark against similar populations.

There are user guides and videos to help you find out more information about suicide, suicide prevention plans and government publications around suicide.


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Suicide and Suicide Prevention https://forwardforlife.org/suicide-and-suicide-prevention/ Tue, 29 Sep 2020 08:48:49 +0000 https://forwardforlife.org/?p=5039 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 - Read more

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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

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ONS: Suicide in England and Wales 2019 Registrations https://forwardforlife.org/suicide-ons-2019/ https://forwardforlife.org/suicide-ons-2019/#respond Mon, 07 Sep 2020 14:39:26 +0000 https://forwardforlife.org/?p=5006 This statistical bulletin produced on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government by The Office of National Statistics provides the reader with the number of deaths concluded as being by suicide registered in 2019.

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Type: Statistical Bulletin
Published by Office of National Statistics, September 2020

This statistical bulletin was produced on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government. It was published through the Office of National Statistics and provides the reader with details regarding deaths concluded as being by suicide registered in 2019.

Key Main Points
  • In 2019, there were 5,691 suicides registered in England and Wales.
  • Around three-quarters of registered deaths in 2019 were among men (4,303 deaths).
  • The England and Wales male suicide rate is the highest since 2000 and remains in line with the rate in 2018; for females, the rate is the highest since 2004.
  • Males aged 45 to 49 years had the highest age-specific suicide rate; for females, the age group with the highest rate was 50 to 54 years.
  • Despite having a low number of deaths overall, rates among the under 25’s have generally increased in recent years this is particularly marked for 10- to 24-year-old females where the rate has increased significantly since 2012.
Links and Support

The direct source for this publication can be found at the following Web-Site Link hosted by The Office of National Statistics

If you are personally affected or concerned about anyone else, you can find support through the Waiting Room Online Directory.

You will find a range of services that can provide support including Samaritans and CALM.

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Office of National Statistics – Suicide Data UK 2018 https://forwardforlife.org/ons-data-suicide-uk-2018/ https://forwardforlife.org/ons-data-suicide-uk-2018/#respond Wed, 02 Sep 2020 14:55:07 +0000 https://forwardforlife.org/?p=4997 Pubisher: Office of National Statistics Released: September 2019 This document released annually provides society with the latest information regarding suicide in the UK. Forward For Life recognise that for many - Read more

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Pubisher: Office of National Statistics
Released: September 2019

This document released annually provides society with the latest information regarding suicide in the UK.

Forward For Life recognise that for many such information is difficult to engage with but we feel that it is important for individuals and communities understand the impact and breadth that suicide has across communities.

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Superheroes Need Not Apply https://forwardforlife.org/suicide-prevention-roles-superheroes-need-not-apply/ https://forwardforlife.org/suicide-prevention-roles-superheroes-need-not-apply/#respond Wed, 02 Sep 2020 14:39:41 +0000 https://forwardforlife.org/?p=3301 When I first started running my own company working in the field of suicide prevention, my youngest child would find it hard to get his head around what I did.

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One of the biggest fears around suicide is our fear of asking about it. 

Expectations

When I first started running my own company working in the field of suicide prevention, my youngest child would find it hard to get his head around what I did. After seeing “The Incredibles” and the scene where Mr. Incredible saves a mans’ life from jumping off a tower block, he thought that’s what I did. It was hard for me to tell him the truth, after-all, every Dad wants to be a super-hero; or at least a rocket scientist. But unfortunately I am neither.

Late 2015, I found myself sitting unexpectedly on the BBC Breakfast Red Sofa opposite Naga Munchetty. I had been called up last minute.com to sit alongside a young Dublin chap named Jamie Harrington who at the age of 15 walked over to a man standing precariously close to the edge of a bridge and asked him “Are you O.K?” The conversation between Jamie and the man led to that man stepping back from the bridge and being alive today.

When I talked about the importance of talking to people who may have suicidal thoughts, Naga said “but you’re a specialist?” – this is even in spite of the very fact that the young man sitting next to me that morning, who was not a “specialist” had, just through the means of a conversation saved a mans’ life.

Day in, day out I engage with articles, reports, reviews, research and all manner of suicide related social media messages in a range of formats to keep myself up to speed with what is happening in the world of suicide prevention – after all, it’s my job. But preventing suicide is not something that requires a “specialist” knowledge. It is not rocket science and should never be touted as such. Neither is it just something that sits squarely in the domain of the academic world nor the clinical world.

Effective suicide prevention should not view the individual as the problem. But there is something about society and societies perceived fear of the challenge of suicide. If we are going to point the finger of blame, we maybe need to consider pointing the finger at ourselves first.

So, these are the “facts” as I see it:

1) Suicidal thought is human. It is not a direct result of mental illness but is certainly a result of crisis – A crisis so extreme for the individual with suicidal thoughts that they at that moment may not be able to see any other option. Obviously, you could argue that having suicidal thoughts means that their mental health is not good but many people with a mental illness do not attempt suicide and many people without a diagnosed mental health problem…DO.

2) Conversation is key and fear of that conversation is the barrier – We need to ask people if they are O.K. We also need to ask people if they are thinking of ending their life. If we don’t ask the question and don’t have the conversation, then we are in effect doing nothing to reduce the likely-hood of a suicide being completed.

3) Be straight up – Skirting around the edges of the possibility of suicide in a fluffy and non-direct way will mean that most people with thoughts of suicide will not open up. They will instead see you as playing no role in their final decision around suicide – therefore, we need to say it as we see it. We need to be direct and get to the point, after all a life may be at risk here.

4) Without a conversation about suicide many people will die by suicide. With the conversation, some people will still die by suicide. But at least you had the conversation. At the end of the day, there will always be suicide, however, we need to present people with opportunity to find hope in living.

5) You are not there to fix them. Many people with thoughts of suicide, given the time, the space and a non-judgmental opportunity for open dialogue will find their own solutions in keeping themselves safe. They just need a supportive hand to make their solutions come to fruition.

6) Suicide is everyone’s responsibility – For a second, forget all the statistics about people with suicidal thoughts and the likely-hood of them being in touch with mental health services, criminal justice, Doctors etc…. Just hold onto this statistic – 100% of all people that take their own life lived in a community. Therefore…it’s down to all of us. Simple.

7) We are not super-heroes, nor rocket scientists – and nor do we need to be.

If you are concerned about somebody or you are struggling and need someone to talk to then contact Samaritans – Telephone: 116123


Written by Terry Rigby (2016)

Company Director – Forward For Life

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An overview of our suicide prevention programme https://forwardforlife.org/an-overview-of-our-suicide-prevention-programme/ Wed, 02 Sep 2020 14:30:55 +0000 https://forwardforlife.org/?p=4639 SCHEMA is a one day suicide prevention course that supports professionals and community members in effectively helping people with suicidal thoughts.

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Background
Click to read our briefing paper

Since July 2018, Forward For Life and Common Unity have delivered SCHEMA as part of the Birmingham and Solihull CCG NHS commissioned mental health training, as in-house training for the Housing Sector (Trident Reach) and across Coventry and Warwickshire through the Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Partnership Trust as part of their Wave 1 STP for Suicide Prevention to over 400 delegates with an overall average rating of 9.5 out of 10.

Course Description

SCHEMA is a one day suicide prevention course that supports professionals and community members in effectively helping people with suicidal thoughts.

This course has been being designed and developed by experienced facilitators and practitioners in the fields of suicide prevention, mental health and well-being.


Schema delegates Coventry and Warwickshire 2019
Learning aims
  • To provide delegates with knowledge around suicide and the skills to support an individual who may be thinking of taking their own life.
  • Enable participants to learn how to develop a collaborative helping relationship focused on life options for the individual at risk.
  • To equip participants with practical tools and a framework for understanding the needs of a person at risk along with a Life Plan Model that features risk assessment and future life planning approaches.
  • Provide a safe environment for practice to build confidence and skills.

Learning aspirations for delegates
  • Spot the signals of possible suicidal ideation
  • Ask the right questions
  • Explore with empathy
  • Assess risk level and forward plan
  • Enable short term support and appropriate signposting
  • Learn the skills that could save a life

SCHEMA Delegates:

The delegates have hailed from a range of professions and a myriad of backgrounds from both the public and private sectors.

More specifically, this included the Local Authority, Social Work representatives, the Mental Health Trusts, Mental Health charities, Young People’s services, Carers Support services, Advocacy services, Public Health teams, Private and retail sector (including IBM, McDonalds, National Express and the construction sector), Homeless Support, the Education Sector, Housing and Floating Support, Autism support services, Work programme representatives, Substance Misuse Services, Later-Life Support services, Domestic Violence Support services, Emergency services, Disability Support Services and many more.

Read our briefing paper

Contact us:

t: 07585776800

e. info@forwardforlife.org

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