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PAPYRUS launches new accredited training product

25th October 2016

PAPYRUS is pleased to announce the launch of ‘Identifying and Talking About Suicide’, a brand new accredited training product developed specifically for professionals working with young people. The training has recently been accredited by Open Awards.*

The half-day course effectively prepares participants to better support young people who are experiencing thoughts of suicide, by helping participants in identifying those thoughts, responding appropriately and connecting with additional support.

The majority of young people experiencing thoughts of suicide show or give signs which ‘invite’ those around them to explore whether they may be thinking about suicide. Participants will learn what these ‘invitations’ look like, how to respond to them and how to work with that person to keep them suicide-safe – including, where necessary, which supports or organisations to signpost onto.

In addition to these skills, participants will also gain a greater awareness of the prevalence of young suicide, understand some of the reasons why suicide can become an option for some young people, and identify relevant support. The session also includes our suicide safe-plan, which every participant can keep following the course.

How does this course help participants to prevent young suicide?

  • With encouragement from experienced suicide prevention trainers;
  • Through open discussions about suicide in a safe, confidential space;
  • Through exploration and understanding of ‘invitations’;
  • By learning clear, practical steps on how to explore thoughts of suicide and respond appropriately;
  • By bringing scenarios to life, through role-play based on real examples;
  • By recognising the importance of our own self-care in helping others.

We are delighted with the feedback we have received on this new product during initial pilot sessions over the last few weeks. We are confident that this training will equip professionals with the skills to prevent young suicide.

Here is some of the feedback we have received from recent participants:

  • 92% rated the course 8 or more out of 10; 93% said that they would highly recommend the course to others.
  • Following the course, 92% said that they felt able to recognise when a young person is at risk of suicide, and 93% said that they felt able to help a person at risk of suicide

“It’s really opened up my eyes about practicalities in talking about suicide in a way in which we can help, and who we can refer a person at risk to”

“It has reviewed and supported my understanding and ability to assess a young person who may be at risk of suicide and the ability to form a safe plan. It is good to know that PAPYRUS can be accessed by professionals for advice”

“It’s increased my confidence in talking to young people who feel suicidal, providing them with and signposting to further support… it’s nice to know that the support line is there for families and professionals too if they are concerned about a young person.”

*Open Awards is an Awarding Organisation approved by Ofqual and an Access Validating Agency approved by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). For more information see http://openawards.org.uk/



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