Within the field of social work, and every increasingly in modern society, the topic of mental health is debated with various focus such as work-based anxiety and stress, depression and suicide. With particular regards to the latter topic, often, many people who engage in the conversation feel ill-equipped and/or ill-informed to fully engage or understand good practice when discussing these topics and it can be perhaps difficult to signpost someone to a single source of information as there is an ever-increasing awareness of the subject. That’s not to say that this is a negative (far from it), however, how do people know if what they are reading is relevant, correct, useful or all of the above?
One really useful resource that has been highlighted to the NESWA team is the Zero Suicide Alliance. The alliance is a preventative service which works to source FREE prevention training on a national level to increase awareness and knowledge to people in order to help identify the signs earlier and know how to intervene in a safe manner. The service also is designed to provide information to those who seek support in order that they can get the advice they need much quicker.
In their own words, the Zero Suicide Alliance “is a collaborative of National Health Service trusts, businesses and individuals who are all committed to suicide prevention in the UK and beyond. The alliance is ultimately concerned with improving support for people contemplating suicide by raising awareness of and promoting FREE suicide prevention training which is accessible to all. The aims of this training are to: enable people to identify when someone is presenting with suicidal thoughts/behaviour, to be able to speak out in a supportive manner, and to empower them to signpost the individual to the correct services or support.”
As previously mentioned, the alliance is sponsored by a huge range of local business, health trusts, charities and universities in order to continue the spread of awareness and availability of training to those who seek it. Why not pay a visit to their website which you can get to here. Alternatively you can follow them on twitter @zer0suicide.