The Waiting Room

The Resource Key

 

TWR provides an alternative approach to taking control of our own health and well-being. It is a virtual bridge across “The Information Chasm” that connects support services to the recipient almost instantly.

TWR, by engaging citizens with sources of support directly and seamlessly is, in its own right an intervention, taking away the often wearisome process of finding the right place to get help. TWR is an online resource library of information and support that can be navigated with minimum difficulty. In addition, the ongoing management of the process is relatively small but engagement can be realised at high levels and monitored effectively. With an emphasis on protection and prevention, The Waiting Room is split into 24 Life Domain key areas and by clicking on a key area, will take the user through to a list of local and national websites and contact numbers (fully accessible) that can be accessed for the purposes of information and direct support. The following link takes you to a YouTube video that shows exactly how the QR Code works for the Resource Key “Make the smart connection” video link

It’s envisaged that The Waiting Room, a place with significant connections across Health, Social Care and wider, will continue to grow so to best enable communities to access local and national support services. We believe The Waiting Room is the go to health and wellbeing virtual platform for the citizens of Birmingham and Solihull, and for the future, we see The Waiting Room as being replicated further afield.

Talk Speak Yell – Youth Suicide

TALK, SPEAK, YELL

“I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better.” G. C. Lichtenberg

 

In Britain each year, over 6000 people kill themselves; that’s 4000 more deaths per year

Than occur on all our roads – but unlike road safety awareness, suicide prevention is a subject that professionals nor our communities are willing to openly talk about. It’s time to tackle this problem head on. It’s time to act. It’s time to Shout Out Suicide safeTALK is a half-day course that offers practical steps to help someone with thoughts of suicide and helps you both to connect with more specialised support.

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is a two day, skills building workshop that provides suicide first aid interventions. Be you a Professional, a volunteer, an informal helper, a carer or community member, ASIST helps you become ready, willing, and able to directly support someone who is having thoughts of suicide and increase their suicide safety. These interventions look to prevent suicidal thought leading to suicidal behaviour and are underpinned by the idea that many people who are thinking about suicide will find some way to signal their intent.

“The time is always right to do what is right.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Suicide is the most common cause of death for men under 35 and each year between

600 and 800 people aged 15-24 take their own lives – That’s the same as the number of people in a small secondary school. Young people must be heard. Are you listening? It’s time to tackle this problem head on. It’s time to act. It’s time to Strike Out Suicide  safeTALK is a half-day course that offers practical steps to help someone with thoughts of suicide and helps you both to connect with more specialised support.

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is a two day, skills building workshop that provides suicide first aid interventions. Be you a Professional, a volunteer, an informal helper, a carer or community member, ASIST helps you become ready, willing, and able to directly support someone who is having thoughts of suicide and increase their suicide safety. These interventions look to prevent suicidal thought leading to suicidal behaviour and are underpinned by the idea that many people who are thinking about suicide will find some way to signal their intent.

“A human being is not what you are but who you can become.” Brian Good

Suicide rates are increasing across the UK with 3 of 4 suicides being by men;

that’s over 4500 men a year, the same number as people who die from Leukaemia each year in the UK – That’s 12 men taking their own lives each day in the UK. It’s time to tackle this problem head on. It’s time to Sort Out Suicide safeTALK is a half-day course that offers practical steps to help someone with thoughts of suicide and helps you both to connect with more specialised support.

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is a two day, skills building workshop that provides suicide first aid interventions. Be you a Professional, a volunteer, an informal helper, a carer or community member, ASIST helps you become ready, willing, and able to directly support someone who is having thoughts of suicide and increase their suicide safety.

These interventions look to prevent suicidal thought leading to suicidal behaviour and are underpinned by the idea that many people who are thinking about suicide will find some way to signal their intent.

You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. A.A. Milne

It’s tragic that in times of recession more people take their own lives.

In the UK, in 2011 there were over 6,000 suicides in people aged 15 and over – that’s an increase of nearly 10% compared with the year before. It’s time to tackle this problem head on. It’s time to act. It’s time to Stomp Out Suicide safeTALK is a half-day course that offers practical steps to help someone with thoughts of suicide and helps you both to connect with more specialised support.

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is a two day, skills building workshop that provides suicide first aid interventions. Be you a Professional, a volunteer, an informal helper, a carer or community member, ASIST helps you become ready, willing, and able to directly support someone who is having thoughts of suicide and increase their suicide safety.

These interventions look to prevent suicidal thought leading to suicidal behaviour and are underpinned by the idea that many people who are thinking about suicide will find some way to signal their intent.

“sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” Marilyn Monroe

360 People + Online Learning

WHO ARE 360PEOPLE
Innovative, forward thinking and tailored

As the driving force behind 360people, Common Unity have teamed up with a number of specialist West Midlands based innovative training providers who bring to the table a thorough and well-recognised active knowledge of the Health and Social Care Sector and the dynamics that exist within specifically in respect of mental health and well-being.

Through this partnership arrangement, Common Unity can ensure that as a central point of reference we can provide accessible, high quality training and development opportunities that are innovative, forward thinking and tailored to organisational need across the Health and Social Care Sector and wider still. In addition, this provision can be realised at a highly competitive price with the greatest degree of positive impact on those receiving the training.

THE 360 CHALLENGE
Training is everything

With major health and social care changes taking place on a backdrop of sweeping financial austerity measures across the sector, many public sector departments and third sector organisations are struggling, and in the case of the latter, many are not managing to survive the economic consequences.

There appears to be no abatement in respect of pressures on the public sector to take wholesale austerity measures as well as requiring more from providers across the board. In this ever increasingly competitive market with purse strings having to be tightened something has to give – and one of the early sacrifices in such difficult times is always training and staff development.

“Training is everything,” Mark Twain once said. But with public leaders under intense pressure to steer a course through the deepest austerity cuts in postwar Britain, training and development is being hugely affected.

Local government are reporting a wholesale reduction in workforce development – core mandatory training as a minimum must continue, but wider professional development is taking a hit which will compromise the future provision of effective services across the health and social care sector especially in the fields of mental health and well-being which cannot rely solely on the clinical approach as mental health problems are inextricably associated with wider socio-economic determinants therefore requiring a more holistic person-centred response to the challenge.

360people realises that core training has to be the lynchpin of development across organisations to ensure that all the mandatory measures to assure quality of service are realised. However, at the same time there is a clear need to ensure that those working at the front line of mental health and well-being need to access highly reputed, well tested, quality training opportunities in this field.

Biggest Elephant

Human beings throughout history have taken their own lives, or more simply put, have died from suicide. It is a phenomenon that persists to this day in all societies and within those societies there continues to be strongly held opinions that are deeply rooted regarding suicide. However, these opinions nor the impact of these opinions are debated openly across and within communities – they are just understood “to be” – and because of this unspoken attitude that engulfs this phenomenon, the taboo of suicide in society has become so powerful that the silence that surrounds it at all levels only further serves to strengthen that taboo and cement the stigma associated with suicide.

This stigma serves no purpose to anyone, least of all a person who may be thinking of taking their own life and is unable to tell anybody due to their own inner feelings of guilt as well as their concerns as to how such an admittance would be reacted to by others. So suicide remains the “elephant in the room” that everybody ignores though it is blatantly there. At Forward For Life, we understand that most of us have strong, often deep-seated feelings and opinions about suicide, after all we are only human and suicide for many is an area that challenges the very concept of human “being” –  some think people have a right to die, others, that life should be valued and suicide is wrong, others see it as a selfish act, a cowardly act, others as a brave thing to do – but there is one opinion we believe everyone shares and that is one that states that if there are steps we can take to reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts in society, then we should look to adopt these steps and start building Suicide Safer communities for a brighter tomorrow.

 

We feel that through community action, learning, campaigning, active use of social media, lobbying and influence we will all eventually not only see the elephant and openly admit to seeing it, but also all know how to get it out of the room!

 

More information on what we are doing to reduce suicide and challenge the taboo and stigma of suicide can be found by clicking on the thumbnail below.biggest-elephant-300x157

ManMade

We are steadfast, we are unflinching, we are men…and let us be straight about this…we are dying by our own hands.

It has been said that we live in a patriarchal society where all the trappings benefit men. We are masters of our own destiny.  We often, unfairly, have better paid jobs and greater representation in both the business and political power houses that governs the UK in comparison to women. We are expected, on the whole, to be quicker in pace and stronger in arm. We are the providers, the protectors, the fixers, the guides, the shoulders to cry on – we are men, real menbut who are we kidding?  Probably just ourselves.

Three out of four suicides in the UK are by men. In the time it takes you to make a cuppa, switch on the TV and watch a Hollywood Blockbuster, another one of us in the UK will have killed ourselves.

We are your sons, your husbands, your brothers, your fathers, your work colleagues, your friends and your soul mates and we are finding it increasingly difficult to survive in an ever changing world. Because there’s a problem. It’s all a smokescreen, a sweeping stereotype, or at very best, a part truth – because many of us are not coping very well at all. We are, after all, just men and although our world has changed so much, many of us haven’t moved with it. But why would we? Why should we? We know who we are. We are steadfast, we are unflinching…we are men.

It’s a fact that we are all, to a large degree, the result of the way we were raised and many of us, as men, are the result of a family upbringing that instilled in us the traditional concept of manliness and all the ‘strengths’ it espoused. So into the world we have gone with our identity and we are proud to be real men, and for a while, for many of us, all has been good. But as time has gone by, the traditional male role in society has become less valued whilst opportunities for all across the board have necessarily become the norm. With the gulf between the world of the traditional man and the requirements of a rapidly evolving modern society ever widening, many of us are falling through the gap and because we are real men we don’t ask for help. Real men don’t.

So how do we survive? Often badly.

We wear masks amongst our peers which serves to uphold and further reinforce the stereotype of being the real man we need people to believe we are. Or we adopt traits that allow us to fleetingly dull the inner pain – we take to the bottle or the chemical and often both. But we are acutely aware that beneath this façade that threatens to crack at any moment our voices are silently screaming out to be heard, listened to, acted upon – but the silence of the real man ensures nothing is heard and the real man within us remains “in check” – maintained all the way through to the point that for some of us – we would rather die than say “I need help.”

But it doesn’t stop there. As society evolves we continue to instil all our manly ‘ways of being’ to our male offspring – helping them become ‘real men’…helping them become a square peg in a society that requires round ones. When we take our own lives, it’s not selfish to us – we do this because we believe we are of no value; we believe we don’t belong; we believe you would be better off without us…we believe that for everybody, including ourselves, we would be better off dead.

So there needs to be a change, a major shift in understanding across society because being ‘real men’ in the traditional sense is killing us. But, more importantly, the shift needs to start with us…as men…and the first thing we need to get into our heads is this…

There is no strength in silence…Real Men need to reach out to survive.

ManMade, as an overarching approach, is one way, we believe, of making this a possibility.

What is ManMade?

Through being out in the open, ManMade looks to encapsulate through a range of approaches a realisation that we can do something to reduce the numbers of men dying by suicide in the UK each year. To do this we need to ensure variety in our approach – we need to harness social media, organise high profile accessible events, we need to lobby and deliver a ranger of high quality tailored programmes delivered across communities.

ManMade was originally developed in January 2015 and piloted in Dudley with funding from the Office of Public Health (Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council) to support unemployed men who were finding it difficult to cope with life and in many cases didn’t feel they had a reason to go on.  ManMade developed rapidly into a peer led support group for men which proved highly successful in promoting well-being and inclusion among participants and has continued to go from strength to strength.

The ManMade programme has since been implemented a second time; but on this occasion with participants from the initial pilot being involved in the delivery of this service bringing with them personal experiences and knowledge gained for the benefit of the new participants. Conceptualised, designed and delivered by Birmingham based Forward For Life and Common Unity Social Enterprises, alongside highly skilled Grassroots Associates, ManMade as an overarching approach is gathering speed as an effective approach to helping men survive.

We are currently beginning work alongside a national charity to further develop and test the ManMade Programme as an independently evaluated pilot, with the potential for rolling this specific programme across the country.

The Developers behind ManMade

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Communities who have the challenges are, more often than not, the very same communities that hold the solution. Forward For Life operates with the core belief that although there are many challenges that exist across and within our communities, solutions to these challenges are also to be found across and within our communities. With an overall goal of supporting communities to be Suicide Safer, we adopt forward thinking approaches to reduce inequalities and promote opportunities for enhanced well-being and improved quality of life – We believe this is both an achievable expectation across all our communities and the right of each and every individual within.

Our approach achieves both indirect and direct benefits for our communities, and with this in mind, we ensure that our partners, our associates and others’ working alongside us have the same core belief. Through our varied worksteams, tailored and licensed community centred development programmes including Applied Suicide Interventions Skills Training, Third Sector Capacity Building and Primary Care Development, we ensure that stakeholders across the board are effectively engaged at all levels to realise improved quality of life and well-being. Forward For Life is working towards a future where inequalities within society are reduced and opportunities for enhanced well-being and improved quality of life is an achievable expectation across all our communities.

Common Unity looks to promote mental wellbeing in disadvantaged communities through effective communication and the development of holistic services.

Established in 2009, Common Unity engages with and looks to promote well-being across communities through effective communication and the development of community centred holistic services.

We work with individuals, communities, decision makers and service providers to overcome barriers to communication and build on community potential, ensuring that services are both accessible and relevant.

Common Unity has been commissioned by the Local Authority, the NHS and a variety of Third Sector organisations in Birmingham, Sandwell and wider, to support them in research, consultation and programme development with a range of communities for the benefit of those communities through harnessing and building on community assets within.

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The Office of Public Health for Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council recognise that suicide prevention is a key area for Public Health engagement on the back of the evidence base and guidelines outlined at a national level and the understanding that prevention through intervention will enable communities to be suicide safer as part of a wider strategic programme.

Since 2014, we have worked closely with the creators of ManMade ensuring that hundreds of people from across all sectors, public and private, have received training to enable them to be suicide aware and support people to find reasons for living. We were also the intiail funding body behind the original ManMade Programme known as ManMade Dudley. The success of this pilot ensured that to this day the programme has realised further support through us and are delighted to see how ManMade continues to flourish.

www.dudley.gov.uk


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Based in the heart of the Black Country, the Trust’s vision is to improve health and well-being of local communities. In Sandwell and Wolverhampton, we care for and support people of all ages who have mental health needs. We provide a range of specialist health services for people with learning disabilities in Dudley, Walsall, Sandwell and Wolverhampton.

We also provide community healthcare services for children, young people and families in Dudley. We are focused on the goals of reducing inequality, improving and promoting the health of local communities, providing high quality care in the right place at the right time and putting people and their families at the heart of care.

www.bcpft.nhs.uk


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Birmingham City Council are delighted to be supporting ManMade | The Conference as we feel that there should be Zero Tolerance where suicide, and the stigma attached to suicide is concerned.

ManMade | The Conference is one small but significant way in which we can better support citizens to challenge the issue of suicide of men head on.

www.birmingham.gov.uk/publichealth


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West Midlands Police is the second largest police force in the country, covering an area of 348 square miles and serving a population of almost 2.8 million.

The region sits at the very heart of the country and covers the three major centres of Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton. It also includes the busy and thriving districts of Sandwell, Walsall, Solihull and Dudley.

The West Midlands Police have been instrumental in supporting people in crisis through their ground-breaking work in the Street Triage as well as their active support of the British Transport Police Suicide Prevention work.

safeTALK

safeTALK is a half-day course that offers you practical steps to help someone with thoughts of suicide and helps you both to connect with more specialised support.

The safeTALK course was developed by LivingWorks in Canada and is delivered worldwide. It complements our more comprehensive 2 day ASIST course by widening the net of suicide alert helpers to ensure that thoughts of suicide aren’t missed, dismissed or avoided. Through attending the safeTALK course, you will know what to do if someone’s suicidal through following the easy to remember TALK steps – Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep-safe.

These practical steps offer immediate help to someone having thoughts of suicide and helps you both move forward to connect with more specialised support. The safeTALK course is based on the principles of maximum dissemination and minimum cost.

The Course is aimed at:

Paid or unpaid staff providing a range of services who may have contact with individuals at risk of suicide including but not exclusive to:

► Mental health workers

► Other health and social care workers

► Police & prison service staff

► Drug and alcohol workers

► Counselors and therapists

► Student support services

► Faith groups

The safeTALK half-day workshop is all about maximising suicide prevention learning at a minimum cost. This means that our safeTALK courses can train up to 25 people at a time at a highly competitive rate.

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Every day, 12 men and four women die by Suicide in the UK…thats 0ver 6000 per year…

Suicide is a major issue and it’s increasing and when someone takes their own life, the effect on the family, friends and our communities is devastating – An immeasurable impact.

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is a two day, skills building workshop that prepares caregivers of all kinds to provide suicide first aid interventions. Professionals, Volunteers and informal helpers all need to know how to help persons with thoughts of suicide in ways that increase their suicide safety.

On the day of her telling me that she wished to end her life, we managed from not wanting to tell anyone, to agreeing a safe plan for the next 24hrs until we got everyone on board. (Teacher)

Expert trainers from Forward For Life and Common Unity are offering a limited number of places on this World Health Organisation endorsed and internationally renowned ASIST training course in Birmingham.

My ASIST training (2014) with Terry and Caron from Forward For Life and Common Unity helped me to say the right things, to agree a safe plan to which she agreed and to signpost more help. She came to me as a friend and mentor and I thank god I had the ASIST training to help her.  (College Tutor)

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) trains frontline staff in early intervention and is the most widely trained suicide prevention programme in the world.

The 14-hour workshop held over two days teaches participants to connect, understand and assist people who may be at risk of suicide and is suitable for mental health professionals, nurses, doctors, pharmacists, teachers, counsellors, youth workers, police and prison staff, school support staff, clergy, community volunteers, and those training to undertake these roles.

“If I had not had the ASIST training (2014) with Forward For Life and Common Unity I would not have had the confidence to give support to two people.” (Employee Consultant)

ASIST is underpinned by the idea that many people who are thinking about suicide will find some way to signal their intent. The workshops provide training in suicide intervention and are designed to help a person become more ready, willing, and able to help someone who is having thoughts of suicide.