Suicide Loss Charity Training in Exmouth to Help HM Coast Guard Save Lives

Coast Guard rescuers have received invaluable training from an Exmouth-based charity to help save people in their “darkest hour”.

Emergency service first responders – who are often confronted with those contemplating suicide – received two days of instruction from Pete’s Dragons.

The advice was given to HM Coastguard rescue teams from Exmouth, Beer, Plymouth, Torbay, Teignmouth and Berry Head.

“Too often, unfortunately, HM Coastguard is tasked with finding people discouraged by suicidal tendencies,” said Sam Houston, senior officer in coastal operations based at Exmouth.

“It’s a very sad set of circumstances that we can face on a daily basis.

“Suicide often presents itself as the only way out, however, it is a very permanent solution to a situation which, with the right help, can be only a temporary problem.

“We were very fortunate to receive ASIST training from Pete’s Dragons.

“This training will give those of our agents who have attended the tools to connect with people in their darkest hour, hopefully to see some light.

“This will give us time to put a plan in place, connecting those who need it with the right people to help them on a permanent basis.

“These skills will be invaluable for our teams both personally and professionally. “

Pete’s Dragons CEO Alison Jordan said, “We have been honored to train with the staff and volunteers of HM Coastguard, a group of dedicated and caring professionals.

“Often they find themselves the first to reach out to those who may be considering suicide.

“We are proud to have been able to add skills to their toolkit and improve their confidence around the subject, which will help increase the safety of residents of Devon.

“This training was made possible with funding from HM Treasury.

Pete’s Dragons received £ 80,000 funding from HM Treasury in November 2017 to provide suicide first aid training to South West emergency services staff.

The charity currently provides tailor-made suicide mourning support to over 300 people across Devon.

It is also a market leader in suicide grief training.

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