CHANGES is a Community Health Project which promotes the positive wellbeing of people living in East Lothian.

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Suicide Prevention Training

safeTALK

Duration – 3 hours

Purpose:

This training is designed to give the participants skills they need to talk about suicide. Specifically, it gives people the skills to spot the very often hidden signs that someone might be thinking about killing themselves. The confidence to use what they have seen to ask the question of someone ‘are you thinking of suicide?’. It helps alleviate concerns around asking what is a very difficult and scary question and also gives confidence because the course explains what to do with any potential answer.

It is a course designed for everyone, you do not need to be a health professional or care worker. It is a very basic first level awareness raising course.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Duration – 2 full days (run consecutively)

Purpose:

This training is designed to give the participants a general framework of what to do should a person be actively suicidal or even just be thinking about suicide.

Specifically, it gives the participant effective first aid skills to tackle the difficult subject of suicide. It deals with potential signs or indicators that someone may be suicidal to how to approach someone standing on a bridge/high building/edge of a station platform who may be considering dying. It gives skills in how to ask the initial question around suicide based on evidence. Encourages us to listen to why the person wishes to die without the need to ‘fix’ whatever the issues are. Helps us to spot the reasons why someone might wish to live, support that ‘turning towards safety’. It gives us the tool of how to create a plan to keep the person safe until further help is available to deal with the pain/distress the person is in that is causing them to contemplate ending their own life.

This is a first aid intervention course specifically designed for suicide. It is a course that provides a framework proven to actually work and save lives. It is delivered to groups between 12 and 24 people. It cannot be delivered to any numbers outside this range. It is also delivered in two consecutive days and there is no flexibility in this. Given the nature of the subject and what can be discussed during the course it is not recommended for anyone who has recently experienced loss by suicide or has attempted suicide.

It is designed for everyone and you do not need to be a health professional or care worker. This is a second level first aid intervention course.

We run these courses in East Lothian on behalf of the Council. They are run on the basis that if you live or work in East Lothian you are entitled to a place without charge. Anyone who does not fulfil these criteria may be given a space if there are any available but at a cost of £80 (for ASIST) or £20 (for safeTALK). Fees are payable when booking spaces.

To express interest in either or both of these courses please email chooselife@changeschp.org.uk. You will then be contacted when courses are organised in order to complete the booking form.

In addition, CHANGES offer these courses to groups or organisations for fixed fees. If you would like to run a course please email chooselife@changeschp.org.uk with a contact number and we will contact you to discuss requirements and fees.

Further information about these courses is available at http://www.chooselife.net/Training/index.aspx

To express interest in either or both of these courses please email chooselife@changeschp.org.uk. You will then be contacted when courses are organised in order to complete the booking form.

What's On

Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid – SMHFA
Dates to be confirmed
9.00am - 4.00pm both days
Port Seton

For a booking form please contact Brian Glass on 0131 653 1086 or email chooselife@changeschp.org.uk

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training – ASIST
Starts: 28/03/2019
Ends: 29/03/2019
9.00am - 5.00pm both days
Musselburgh

For a booking form please contact Brian Glass on 0131 653 1086 or email chooselife@changeschp.org.uk

Contact us on 0131 653 3977