10 September 2019

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.