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Cura became ambassadors for the #TalkSuicide campaign earlier this year, on completion of suicide prevention training for all staff.
The #TalkSuicide campaign encourages people to complete a FREE 20-minute suicide prevention training programme, which is available at talksuicide.co.uk. Businesses are encouraged to offer the training to their staff and can access support and resources at talksuicide.co.uk/employers.
People who complete the training are taught how to:
- Identify the signs of when someone might be suffering from suicidal thoughts.
- Feel comfortable speaking out about suicide in a supportive manner.
- Signpost anyone suffering to the correct services and support.
The campaign is led by the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership – whose member organisations include Hull City Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
Kathryn Knowles, Managing Director at Cura Financial Services said “For me this training is essential, for both my work and in my home life too. You never know if you may come across a situation where this training could save someone’s life. I am proud that our team has taken a part in this.”
Kellie Whetton, Administrations Manager at Cura Financial Services said “Mental health and suicide prevention has always been something close to my heart. I have dealt with depression and anxiety throughout my life and so have family and close friends, sometimes it is so easy to just say ‘I’m Okay’ rather than actually letting someone know you’re struggling. I still think there is so much stigma around mental health and believe that if we all knew a little more about prevention, we could save someone’s life whether it be a family member, a friend or a complete stranger! With the line of work we are in, we deal with so many vulnerable clients and almost daily speak to someone who currently or has previously dealt with some form of mental health. This is why I thought it was so important that everyone in our office has this knowledge to be able to spot and help prevent anyone that they may feel needs that valuable support. I have recently lost a friend to suicide and know it’s devastating effects. Everyone needs to #TalkSuicide – it may just be the lifeline someone so desperately needs!”
Protection Insurance Adviser, Nick Davis, who took the training said “The main thing I took away from it was to be direct when talking to someone who might potentially be in a situation of thinking about suicide, rather than “skirting around the issue” – I didn’t know that before the training. I’m not sure how confident I would be when faced with that situation, but hopefully my instincts would take over – and the training that we have done. Ultimately I’m glad I did the training.”
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Are you an employer wanting to offer suicide prevention training to your staff? Request your FREE training pack at talksuicide.co.uk/employers.
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