Kent Mental Health Charity offers suicide prevention training

A Maidstone-based mental health charity, which is partly funded by Kent County Council, is urging people this World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) to access free suicide prevention and awareness training .

Mid Kent Mind is releasing a video to encourage people to think about the steps everyone can take to support someone who may be feeling suicidal. This leads to partnerships in educational, commercial and associative circles.

Layla Head, Head of Training and Development at Mid Kent Mind, said: “We know how important it is to ensure that this training is accessible to the general public. Suicide prevention and mental health in general should be everyone’s business. So we hope this training will help empower people to have those important conversations.

“These sessions are free. All it costs someone is three and a half hours of their time – and those three and a half hours could make a huge difference. I cannot encourage people enough to sign up for this training. You can make a difference when someone is in trouble.

The organization has launched a series of new dates which are now available on its website – including some face-to-face sessions which have been offered again since the lifting of COVID-19 regulations earlier in the year. The training is delivered through a program run by Mind organizations across Kent – with more sessions being added all the time in different parts of the county.

Mid Kent Mind has received funding from Kent County Council, Medway Council and Improving Health & Social Care in Kent and Medway, as part of the wider suicide prevention strategy that is in place in Kent.

Dr Anjan Ghosh, Director of Public Health for Kent County Council, said: “World Suicide Prevention Day is a very effective way of bringing attention to this issue, but suicide prevention must be a activity throughout the year. That’s why we’re working with Mid Kent Mind to deliver this potentially life-saving training and recommend everyone attend a session, because you never know when you might need to be ready to have a life-saving conversation with a friend, loved one or complete stranger.

People are also reminded of the help available in Kent, including an easy-to-use mental health text service and helpline – you can call ‘Release The Pressure’ free of charge on 0800 107 0160. This line 24-hour helpline is staffed by mental health professionals. Alternatively, you can text the word ‘Kent’ to 85258 for text support. More information at www.releasethepressure.uk

You can find out more about the Mid Kent Mind training at: www.maidstonemind.org/free-digital-suicide-prevention-training/ and www.maidstonemind.org/free-youth-suicide-prevention-training/

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