To help increase awareness with the aim of improving mental health and reducing suicides we need to start talking. Many people including professionals find talking about suicide difficult, and there are so many reasons for this. Most often the fear of increasing the risk of suicide and the surrounding stigma can hold people back, but whatever the resistance is we can reassure you that our training teaches you the confidence and skills to explore these necessary but difficult conversations.
So, if you want to know more, understand how you can make a difference, and gain the practical skills, knowledge and confidence then we have a course just for you.
We Mind & Kelly Matters have written their own age appropriate talk around mental health and suicide awareness for younger people. If you are 16 or older you can attend our range of Mental Health First Aid and Suicide Awareness Courses, we also run a specific course for accessing suicide risk in children.
For more information on the courses we deliver see our Training Page.
Kelly’s Champions : Are you passionate about your friend’s mental health, and that of your school, or business and community? Not only can you nominate We Mind & Kelly Matters as your school house charity, or business Charity of the Year, we will visit, and train nominated “Kelly’s Champions” in active listening skills so anyone in your school, or place of business can be easily signposted to a recognised peer supporter.
The “S” Word….
The thought of suicide penetrates the deepest fears for any parent, carer or guardian, and the thought of having an open conversation with your child is a frightening prospect. Often the subject is avoided for fear it can cause ideology and increase the risk, which is NOT true. Talking about suicide can reduce the risk of a young person choosing suicide.
We Mind & Kelly Matters can come to your Parent Teacher Association events and give educated talks around how to talk to young people about mental health and suicide. Though our training, you can gain the confidence to spot the signs when help is needed. Our training also shows you how to create a safety plan and when you need to get professional advice.
Do you know who your Safeguarding Lead is at your school or college? Check out whether your school has the training they need and support in place for young people mental health needs.
For headteachers, teaching staff and assistants
According to the UK’s Health and Safety Executive, teaching staff and education professionals report the highest rates of work-related stress, depression and anxiety in Britain. The 2019 Ofsted report shows that teachers are suffering from high workloads, lack of work–life balance, and a perceived lack of resources. It also found that staff take on extra responsibilities outside of their area of expertise adding to workload and pressure and highlighted the need for specialist support for students’ mental health issues.
Evidence shows that across the UK, mental health issues in children are increasing while child wellbeing is deteriorating. Young people today must navigate a complex and ever-changing world, facing challenges and pressures in numerous aspects of their life. In fact, 90% of school leaders have reported an increase in the number of students experiencing anxiety or stress over the last five years. Teachers say they want to be able to promote the emotional wellbeing of their students but lack the support and skills to do so.
We are facing a mental health crisis in our classrooms. The growing number of children and young people experiencing poor mental health is one of the biggest challenges facing our teachers.
•An estimated three children in every classroom has a diagnosable mental health problem. This rises to one in four children when we include emotional distress.
•Suicide is the most common cause of death for boys aged between 5 and 19, and the second most common for girls of that age. Around one in every twelve young people deliberately self-harm, though this may rise to almost one in three for girls aged 15.
•Rates of depression and anxiety in teenagers have increased by 70% in the past 25 years. Source Youngminds
We Mind & Kelly Matters can help you support your staff and in turn support your children. We can offer training around mental health awareness and suicide prevention. Our business sponsorships include nominations for schools to receive free training, or we can work out a package to meet your budget.
For businesses and employers
Our sponsorship packages offer a bespoke service that can cater for your employee’s mental health training needs. We feel that in order to change the culture in workplaces, the focus on mental health and wellbeing needs to be a top down approach. Every CEO and manager who not only endures a high level of stress and pressure on their own mental wellbeing, needs to advocate for their staff’s wellbeing. Speak to us about our corporate packages and training courses for your workplace.