Tower Hamlets Public Health, Community Education Provider Network and the East London NHS Foundation Trust work together to provide joint suicide prevention work across Tower Hamlets.
The aim is to develop early intervention and prevention skills that everyone can use.
Free training is offered to any organisation across the whole of north east London in order for employees and residents to become cognisant in suicide first aid.
safeTALK is a half-day training course that can help people make a difference. People learn 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 people move forward to connect with more specialised support.
This complements the more comprehensive 2 day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) course by conveniently widening the net of suicide alert helpers to ensure that thoughts of suicide aren't missed, dismissed or avoided.
Over 2018/19 the Tower Hamlets CEPN trained 820 people in the SafeTALK methodology and delivered ASIST training to over 300 people.
Their aim is to train at least another 500 in ASIST and safeTALK this year.
Overall feedback from people that take part is excellent with over 90% stating they have had improved knowledge, skills and confidence post training
The programme has demonstrated impact on change of practice including reported incidents of crisis intervention, signposting friends and families and participants managing their own health and wellbeing better.
The course breaks barriers across the workforce community with employers from various sectors including health, education, employment, enforcement, transport, housing, business and leisure all taking part.
The team are working hard to ensure that everyone knows that suicide prevention is everybody’s business.
Looking ahead ELFT is developing and rolling out across all clinical services bespoke suicide prevention training, an Information Toolkit and a Trust wide Suicide Prevention Convention.