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Orbit – a suicide prevention framework for organisations

Orbit – What is Orbit?

Orbit – An organisation based approach to suicide prevention

Orbit is an approach that supports organisations to have increased preparedness when suicide occurs. 

Many organisations do not have the adequate preparedness in place in respect to incidents of suicide. Orbit is a wraparound tailored approach that assesses the extent of preparedness in respect of policies, practices and procedures being in place when a suicide occurs (both directly and indirectly related to the organisation).

It also incorporates post-suicide reflection opportunities for organisations to consider future internal development to reduce the likelihood of recurrence. The impact of suicide is huge and within an organisation it has huge ranging negative connotations.

By having Orbit in place an organisation will be better able to respond effectively and appropriately to a suicide incident be it the suicide of a staff member/service user/citizen or an important ‘other’ linked to a staff member/service user/citizen within an organisation.

Connecting Community Networks CCN

What is Connecting Community Networks All About?

Life can be hard…but for some, because of particular circumstances, and more often than not, through no fault of their own, life can be much harder still. Connecting Community Networks recognises this and looks to protect and enhance citizen well-being and promote life quality. It oversees the delivery of a number of much needed holistic services that has real, evidenced based wellbeing benefits for some of our most vulnerable members in the community.

CCN takes a different approach from many other traditional services by starting from a premise of vulnerability and risk due to life challenges and looking to demonstrate a positive resolution for the individual based on improved wellbeing.

The Organisations Behind CCN

Common Unity is the central driving force behind all of the CCN programmes with external expertise being brought into the process to best deliver all elements of each and every programme. This partnership arrangement means that from conceptualisation right through to the point of evaluation, specialist support is realised to demonstrate the potential for such approaches to improving well-being.

What Programmes Are in Place?

URBRUMweb based community centred platform, is all about discovering innovative ways of engaging communities with their own health and wellbeing and the health and well-being of those around them. Its approach to engagement, information and intelligence sees communities as both the recipients and providers of health and well-being intelligence with a view that through such an organic process, services and support will continue to best reflect what communities need and want.

ASIST/safeTALK – Delivery of the world renowned suicide prevention programmes across specific Birmingham sectors to best identify and support those who are vulnerable in respect of suicidal ideation and behaviour.

ManMade: Through The Gates – Utilising the ManMade Peer Led support approach that enables men to survive in modern day society, ManMade: TTG is an exciting opportunity to test the model and its impact with men at HMP Birmingham who are soon to be released back to the community.

ManMade: Cruse – Men often find it difficult to engage regarding their losses in life and thus can play a negative part in men coping with crisis through loss. This programme looks to achieve greater resilience and well-being through providing men with the opportunity to engage with the area of loss and bereavement as part of a Peer Led Support Programme led by specialists in the field of Bereavement.

Bloom in Birmingham is a unique project aimed at reducing social isolation and improving the physical and mental well-being of women living in Birmingham and at risk regarding their health utilising a peer led support approach.

Schema – an approach to suicide prevention

Who SCHEMA is designed for

Forward For Life and Common Unity believe that suicide prevention requires a range of approaches to be effective. One of the key approaches is through the delivery of training that looks to strengthen the knowledge base, the skill base and the resilience levels within and across our communities for all community members both in a professional context and general population context.

SCHEMA, as a one day training programme, has been developed and designed to enable people from all walks of life, through adopting a six stage approach, to reduce the likelihood of potential suicide behaviour and therefore reduce suicide.

SCHEMA – How it will help you:

• Spot the signals of possible suicide ideation

• Ask the right questions

• Explore with empathy

• Assess risk and forward plan

• Enable short-term support and appropriate signposting

• Learn the skills that can save lives

For further information about this training, please feel free to contact us.

All in the mind? – Mental Health Awereness Training

Training type – Tailored
Overview: Mental Health…What’s it all about? Designed locally, MHAT takes a fresh approach to disentangle the often confusing area of Mental Health and how it impacts on ourselves, our families and the wider society around us.

Course content:
1) Understand the differences between mental health problems, Mental Health and Mental Wellbeing
2) Have an understanding of different mental health problems including signs, symptoms and causes.
3) Gain knowledge as to the effects of mental health problems on a person’s self-esteem and wellbeing.
4) Appreciate the impact of stigma and discrimination experienced by people with mental health problems.
5) Have an opportunity to look at our mental health and look at ways of supporting it.
6) Gain an understanding of the prevalence of mental health problems in today’s society and the myths surrounding mental health problems.

Duration: 1 Day – 20 people

APPLIED SUICIDE INTERVENTION SKILLS TRAINING (ASIST)

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) – Approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO), ASIST is a licensed and internationally standardised programme teaching a robust model of suicide intervention with 6 easy-to-remember steps.

Facilitated by highly skilled Master Trainers, ASIST is a comprehensive two day course which enables communities to become more willing, ready and able to help persons at risk of suicide and work towards building suicide safer communities. Recognised by the World Health Organisation and delivered to over a million people worldwide, ASIST is an interactive and practical course that has been proven to help people know how to identify risk and intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.

Since its initial creation over 30 years ago, ASIST has been developed and refined multiple times to best upskill delegates to be ready, willing, and able to help someone who is having thoughts of suicide.

ASIST is intensive, interactive and practice dominated.

 

After being trained our delegates have told us they feel more able to

►  Identify people who have thoughts of suicide
►  Understand how your beliefs and attitudes can affect suicide interventions
►  Seek and share and understanding of the reasons for thoughts of suicide and the reasons for living
►  Review current risk & develop a plan to increase safety from suicidal behaviour for an agreed amount of time
►  Accessing further help as needed.

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID (MHFA)

Training type – Licenced

Overview: MHFA is the help given to someone experiencing a mental health problem before professional help is obtained.

Course content:

How to….

preserve life where a person may be a danger to themselves or others

provide help to prevent the mental health problem developing into a more serious state

promote the recovery of good mental health

provide comfort to a person experiencing a mental health problem

raise awareness of mental issues in the community

reduce stigma and discrimination

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID (MHFA) LITE

Training type – Licenced

Overview:

Mental Health First Aid Lite (MHFA) is about enabling individuals to provide initial support for someone in a mental health crisis situation or who is developing a mental health problem

Course content:

This 3 hour course will enabling participants to:

• gain a wider understanding, for themselves and others, of some issues surrounding mental health

• gain a greater understanding of how and why positive and negative mental health affects business

• work more effectively with people experiencing mental health problems

• identify the discrimination surrounding mental health problems

• define mental health & some mental health problems

• relate to people’s experiences

• help support people with mental health problems

• begin developing a business case for promoting mental health in the workplace

• look after their own mental health.

 

Individuals attending the course will receive the official MHFA Lite Manual and a certificate of attendance accredited by MHFA England

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 compliments 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.

safeTALK is a licensed and internationally standardised 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 the 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, delegates 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.

 

Training type – Licensed

Overview:

Internationally licensed training.

This program alerts community members to signs that a person may be considering suicide. It acknowledges that while most people at risk of suicide signal their distress and invite help, these intervention opportunities are often overlooked.

 

Course content:

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.

Participants learn to recognise when someone may have thoughts of suicide and to respond in ways that link them with further suicide intervention help. Suicide alert helpers contribute to a suicide safer community.

 

Duration: 3.5 hours

Up to groups of 30 delegates

STRESS & ME – UNDERSTANDING AND DEALING WITH IT

Training type – Tailored

Overview:

Stress has devastating effects across society, costing millions to business, to the health sector and having an untold impact on all our lives both directly and indirectly. This short course provides delegates with the opportunity to get informed and be enabled to take on stress through some simple yet effective approaches

Course content:

What is stress?

The causes of stress

The impact of stress?

How might we cope with stress?

 

Duration: 3 Hours

Up to 20 delegates (Group bookings only)

WELL-BEING & YOU

Training type – Tailored

Overview:

Poor Well-Being over a period of time effects our quality of life and often the quality of life of those around us. is Well-Being & You provides a good baseline understanding of ways to promoting personal wellbeing and well-being in self and others

Course content:

Have a clear understanding as to the nationally recognised 5 ways to wellbeing and the evidence base behind it

Have considered the five ways to wellbeing and potential opportunities for self/others.

Have gained a clear understanding of the local five ways to wellbeing programmes available.

 

Duration: 3 hours

 

Up to 20 delegates (Group booking only)

WORKING WELL – MENTAL HEALTH & WORK

Training type – Tailored

Overview: Organisations across all sectors are recognising that workforce mental health is key to ensuring the future stability and growth of business. Mental Health & Work looks to both inform and provide self-support skills at an individual level whilst also highlighting what can be done at a wider level to optimise good mental health across the workforce.

Course content:

What is mental health all about?

What might be the causes?

What’s the costs?

How might our mental health impact on the workplace?

How might the workplace impact on our mental health?

Solutions for developing better mental health in the workplace – person-centred

Solutions for developing better mental health in the workplace – Work centred

The importance of work-life balance

 

Duration: 3 Hours

Up to 20 delegates (Group bookings only)

Dudley Resource List

As part of the programme of training we deliver, there is a need to ensure that local information is available for the participants who engage with us. Below you will find links for Local Resource Lists that have been developed to date. Please feel free to download/print as required. These Local Resource Lists are provided as an information resource only. Forward For Life by offering these Resource Lists do not endorse, guarantee or necessarily represent the information or views of other organisations and/or other websites there in.

ADDICTIONS DUDLEY STOP SMOKING SERVICE

Provides help and advice to help you stop smoking.
0800 085 0652
www.dudleystopsmoking.co.uk

ALZHEIMERS ALZHEIMER’S SOCIETY
Working to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia.
Castlemill, Burnt Tree, Dudley DY4 7UF
0121 521 3021
www.alzheimers.org.uk

BEREAVEMENT CRUSE (DUDLEY & WOLVERHAMPTON BRANCH)
Offering support after the death of someone close.
01384 262878
dudleywolves@cruse.org.uk
www.cruse.org.uk

CARERS

DUDLEY CARERS IN PARTNERSHIP FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Support Group for Carers.
01562 8835331
nh004g8257@blueyonder.co.uk

DRUGS SWITCH DUDLEY
The young person’s alcohol and drug service in Dudley
1 Castle Street, Dudley DY1 1LG
01384 241440

GENERAL

CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU
We help people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice, and by influencing policymakers.
Marlborough House, 11 St James’s Road,
Dudley DY1 1JG
01384 816222
dudleybureau@dudleycabx.org
www.citizensadvice.org.uk

CRI ATLANTIC HOUSE RECOVERY PROJECT
Working with individuals, families and communities that are affected by drugs, alcohol, crime, homelessness, domestic abuse and antisocial behaviour.
Atlantic House, Dudley Road, Lye, Stourbridge
DY9 8EL
01384 426120
www.cri.org.uk

DUDLEY COUNCIL FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICES (DCVS)
An independent local voluntary organisation that
supports, promotes and develops local voluntary action.
7 Albion Street, Brierley Hill, Dudley, West
Midlands DY5 3EE
01384 573381
support@dudleycvs.org.uk
www.dudleycvs.org.uk

DUDLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL (DMBC)
Provides a range of statutory services to support health and social care needs.
Council House, Priory Road, Dudley DY1 1HF
0300 555 2345
dudleycouncilplus@dudley.gov.uk
www.dudley.gov.uk

OFFICE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Provides information, advice and services to support health and wellbeing.
Dudley MBC, 8th Floor, Falcon House, The
Minories, Dudley DY2 8PG
01384 814050

MEDICAL CARE DUDLEY WALK IN CENTRE
Offering NHS healthcare from 8 am until 8 pm, seven
days a week and every day of the year.
Holly Hall Clinic, Stourbridge Road, Dudley
DY1 2ER
0330 1239225
www.dudleyboroughwic.nhs.uk

MENTAL HEALTH

DUDLEY & WALSALL MENTAL HEALTH PARTNERSHIP NHS TRUST (DWMHPT)
Providing a wide range of integrated mental health services to children, adults and older people across the communities of Dudley and Walsall.
Trafalgar House, 47-49 King Street, Dudley
DY2 8PS
0300 555 0262
bettertogether@dwmh.nhs.uk
www.dwmh.nhs.uk

DUDLEY MIND
Aiming to improve the mental health of people living in the local area.
221 Hagley Road, Oldswinford, Stourbridge
DY8 2JP
01384 442938
www.dudleymind.org.uk

RETHINK
Supporting people with mental health issues to get through crises and to live independently.
Criterion House, 120 King Street, Dudley DY2
8NZ
01384 358313
espdudley@rethink.org
www.rethink.org

THE SAMARITANS
If something’s troubling you, then get in touch. We’re here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Beryl House, 8 Albion Street, Brierley Hill DY5 3EE
08457 90 90 90
jo@samaritans.org
www.samaritans.org.uk

SAMh (Support Association for Mental Health)
Making sure that Mental Health services are meeting the needs of people today.
supportassociationfmh@hotmail.com

OLDER PEOPLE

AGE UK DUDLEY
Aims to improve later life for everyone through information and advice, services, campaigns, products, training and research.
Junction 1905, 1 Cradley Road, Netherton,
Dudley DY2 9RA
01384 354508
www.ageuk.org.uk/dudley

PHONE APPS
WellMind is a free NHS mental health and wellbeing app
designed to help you with stress, anxiety and depression.
It includes advice, tips and tools to improve your mental
health and boost your wellbeing. Download for free now
on iPhones, iPads and Android devices by searching
‘WellMind’ on the App Store or Google Play.
 www.dwmh.nhs.uk/WellMind
RELATIONSHIPS
RELATE DUDLEY
Offering advice, relationship counselling, sex therapy,
workshops, mediation, consultations and support face-toface,
by phone & through their website.
 16a Stone Street, Dudley DY1 1NS
 01902 428447
 relatewolves@hotmail.com
 www.relate-wolverhampton.org.uk
YOUNG PEOPLE
KOOTH.COM
Online Counselling Service for young people.
 www.kooth.com
THE WHAT? CENTRE
Young peoples’ advice and information services and
therapeutic counselling.
 23 Coventry Street, Stourbridge. West
Midlands DY8 1EP
 01384 379992
 thewhatcentre@aol.com
 www.thewhatcentre.com
NATIONAL LINKS//HELPLINES
CAMPAIGN AGAINST LIVING MISERABLY
Suicide Prevention Men
www.thecalmzone.net
HELPLINE: 5pm – Midnight 0800 58 58 58
TEXT: 07537 404717
PAPYRUS
Suicide Prevention Young People
http://www.papyrus-uk.org/
Helpline: HOPELineUK 0800 068 41 41
Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org
SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING/
RESOURCES
FORWARD FOR LIFE
Supporting communities to be suicide safer through
specialist, licensed internationally licensed training
programmes. Resources for suicide prevention online
 07585776800
 www.forwardforlife.org
 info@forwardforlife.org
COMMON UNITY
 www.common-unity.com

Birmingham Resource List

As part of the programme of training we deliver, there is a need to ensure that local information is available for the participants who engage with us.

 

Below you will find links for Local Resource Lists that have been developed to date. Please feel free to download/print as required. These Local Resource Lists are provided as an information resource only. Forward For Life by offering these Resource Lists do not endorse, guarantee or necessarily represent the information or views of other organisations and/or other websites therein.

 

RESOURCE LIST – BIRMINGHAM

Housing Support

Trident Housing
0121 633 4633

Local Communities My Time, Small Health,
0121 766 6699

Housing Support Ashram Housing Assoc.
0121 764 3800

Family Housing Association
0121 766 1100

FCH Housing & Care
0300 123 1745

Future Health & Social Care
0121 265 2650

Moseley & District Churches Housing Association
0121 442 5000

Nehmain Housing Association
0121 358 0966

Drugs & Alcohol

KIKIT Drop in Centre
153 Straford Rd, Sparkbrook
0121 771 1119

Terrace Community Drugs Team
0121 301 1660

Alcoholics Anonymous Helpline
0121 212 0111

Aquarius Community Alcohol
0121 414 0888

Birmingham Drugline
0121 632 6363

FRANK
0800 776600

Narcotics Anonymous
0300 999 1212

Asian Community Asian Resource Centre
0121 523 0580

Community Engagement
0121 301 1060

Sparkhill Mental Health Team
0121 301 5370

Rethink Asian Language Mental Health Helpline
0808 800 2073

Bangladesh Multi-purpose Centre
0121 326 9500

Midlands Vietnamese Community Association
0121 554 96 85

MASHRIQ (Mental Health Asian Women)
0121 551 5478

The Chinese Community Centre
0121 685 8510

Irish Community Irish Welfare and Information Centre
0121 604 6111

African Caribbean Community Cope Black Mental Health Foundation
0121 551 7984

Servol Community Trust
0121 454 3081

African Caribbean Millennium
Centre, Winson Green,
B18 4HB
0121 455 6382

Domestic Abuse

Women’s’ Aid
0808 2000247

Rape and Sexual Violence Project Helpline
0121 233 3818

Bereavement Support Cruse Bereavement Care
General – 0121 687 8011

Helpline – 0121 6878010

Relationship Support Relate Birmingham
0121 643 1638

National Links & Helplines

Campaign Against Living Miserably Suicide Prevention Men
www.thecalmzone.net
HELPLINE: 5pm – Midnight 0800 58 58 58
TEXT: 07537 404717

Papyrus Suicide Prevention Young People
http://www.papyrus-uk.org/

Helpline: HOPELineUK 0800 068 41 41
Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org

Samaritans Listening Support Service
www.samaritans.org
Helpline: 116123
Email: jo@samaritans.org

Young People Amazon Young Peoples Counselling Service
0121 236 9222

Birmingham Youth Service
0121 464 559

Life Line Counselling for Drugs in Birmingham
0121 622 7780

Birmingham Space (Barnados)
0121 212 2855

Police Anti-social behaviour
0121 303 1111

Emergencies
999

Central Switchboard Non Emergencies
0845 113 5000

Crime Stoppers
0800 555 111

Fire Service Home Safety Checks
0800 389 5525

General enquires
0845 5000 900

Some Useful Local Links

Common-Unity
www.common-unity.com

The Waiting Room

Waiting Room

Forward For Life
www.forwardforlife.org
Email: INFO@FORWARDFORLIFE.ORG
Birmingham Voluntary Service Council

WWW.BVSC.ORG
Birmingham & Solihull MH Foundation

Trust
www.bsmhft.nhs.uk

The Mental Health Foundation
www.mentalhealth.org.uk

SANE
www.sane.org.uk

Carers UK
www.carersuk.org

Other useful National & RegionalNumbers

Mental Health & Learning Disabilities Foundation
0207 803 1100

MIND
0208 519 2122

Rethink National Advice Service
0845 456 0455

Centre for Mental Health
0207 827 8300

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide
0844 561 6855

Childline
0800 1111

Self Help

National Mind

Advice from National Mind if you are having suicidal feelings

http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/suicidal-feelings/how-can-i-help-myself/

 

Counselling Directory (UK)

Directory to help find a counsellor or psychotherapist if dealing with Suicidal Thoughts.

http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/suicidal-thoughts.html

 

The 5 Ways To Well-Being

How you can support your own well-being and understand your own mental health

www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pages/improve-mental-wellbeing.aspx

 

“U Can Cope”

A useful on-line resource produced by the Royal College of Psychiatrists for young people who are struggling in life.

www.rcpsych.ac.uk/healthadvice/parentsandyouthinfo/youngpeople/ucancope.aspx

Online Support and Help Lines

Samaritans

Offers support to anyone in distress, around the clock, through 201 branches across the UK and Republic of Ireland. A 24/7 helpline service which gives you a safe space where you can talk about what is happening, how you are feeling, and how to find your own way forward.

www.samaritans.org.uk / Telephone: 116 123 / email: jo@samaritans.org

C.A.L.M.

CALM (the campaign against living miserably) exists to prevent male suicide in the UK.

The national helpline is open 7 days a week, 5pm to midnight. Callers can talk through any issue, C.A.L.M will listen and offer information and signposting. Calls are anonymous & confidential and won’t show up on the phone bill. Calls are free from landlines, payphones and Orange, Virgin & 3 mobile networks. Other mobile networks and supermarket brand sims may charge.

www.thecalmzone.net / Telephone: 0800 58 58 58

SANE

A national, out-of-hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers. Open every day of the year from 6pm to 11pm.

www.sane.org.uk / Telephone: 0845 767 8000

HOPELineUK

Run by Papyrus, an organisation that provides confidential young suicide prevention advice.

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm and 7pm – 10pm, weekends 2pm – 5pm.

www.papyrus-uk.org / Telephone: 08000 68 41 41 (national call rates apply)

URBRUM

Birmingham is a fusion of ethnicities. People from all walks of life, people from many different cultures – people like us. Brummies. Black, brown, white, yellow…whatever, it doesn’t matter.

Most of us just want to live in peace with our neighbours, not cause trouble and not be troubled. But this diversity of race and culture may cause issues when people misunderstand each others’ way of life. Urbrum is all about bringing people together. It’s about us gaining a better understanding of our cultural differences, allowing ourselves to see the other side of the story and to make Birmingham one community…one community where everyone belongs and no-one is ignored. One community that we, and our children, can be proud of. Urbrum is community driven. It aims to promote a much needed dialogue on issues related to mental well-being.

We are not target driven, we are people driven and community focussed – Urbrum is not exclusive – it aims to include everyone and to appeal to everyone… because Urbrum is for everyone.

One in four people are likely to experience a mental health problem every year and there is still a great stigma attached to mental health disorders. Unfortunately, our communities do not engage with health, social care and mental health promoting opportunities…and maybe it’s not only about us not engaging…maybe its as much to do with services not knowing who they serve. Urbrum hopes to address this problem, bridging the gap between the community and good mental health awareness. It has a multi-cultural, multi-faith focus on a range of life-style themed areas.

So, what exactly does Urbrum do?

Urbrum provides a platform for conversation, an opportunity to state our case and through connecting, for us all to improve our life chances and give back to our communities.

It provides invaluable work experience in the fields of Media, Health and Social Care, along with a pathway to further education and training…but more importantly, it provides a community voice. Urbrum is also an accessible hub for Birmingham’s Health and Social Care services, as well as a platform from which the community can have a voice about these services and any other issues that may be affecting people’s lives. Urbrum is a bold, stand-alone brand supported by grass-roots local social enterprises – a member driven idea that encapsulates the concept of living well in its widest possible sense allowing everyone who engages the opportunity to realise their full potential.

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!

 

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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.