To mark World Suicide Prevention Day on Tuesday 10th September, Wirral’s Public Health team have released a video highlighting potentially life-saving training that hundreds of people in Wirral have received this year.
Content Warning: Suicide prevention, mentions suicide.
Known as ‘Gatekeeper’ training, the programme aims to develop individuals' knowledge, understanding and attitudes about mental health. The training also enables individuals to better identify those who may be at risk of suicide and make referrals to support services when necessary.
Coordinated by Wirral Public Health, to date, 364 health professionals, care workers and community volunteers from 49 organisations across the borough have received the training.
You can watch and share the full video here:
Individuals received the training as part of a region wide initiative by CHAMPS, Cheshire and Merseyside Public Health Collaborative. The training is ongoing, with at least another 220 people set to receive it in Wirral.
The video, produced by Wirral Council, includes interviews from staff members and volunteers from organisations across Wirral including Healthwatch Wirral, Spider Project, Age UK Wirral, Forum Housing.
It focuses on the professional and personal benefits of the training for the recipients as well as its effects within the community.
The trainees are also given information on the mental health support available within the community in order for them to ‘signpost’ people they may perceive as potentially needing some support or advice.
The training is just one part of a wider programme of work being undertaken around suicide prevention in Wirral.
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The full list of organisations who have received the training so far in Wirral include:
Age UK Wirral, Amparo, Ashvillas, Barnados, Be Well, Beacon, Belvidere Centre, Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Children & Young People’s Dept (CYPD), Department of Adult Social Services (DASS\AP), DWP/JCP, Edge Hill University, Forum Housing, Healthwatch Wirral, Heatherlands GP, The High Tidiers West Kirby’s Clean Up Crew, Arrowe Hospital NHS, Liverpool John Moore’s University, Wirral Libraries, Magenta Living, MWF, National Probation Service, Nine Leaves, Nurture Map, One Stop Shops, Pause Wellbeing Centre, Salvation Army, SPIDER Project, St Bridget’s Church, St Bridget’s West Kirby, St John the Baptist Church, The Open Door Centre, Tomorrow’s Women Wirral, WEB Merseyside, West Kirby Drop-in Group, West Kirby Methodist Church, Wired, Wirral Change, Wirral Connect, Wirral Mind, Wirral Ways To Recovery, WMC, St John Plessington School, Wirral Council, Lavoro, Phoenix Futures, Probation.