The Alliance of Suicide Charities

Thank you so much to The Alliance of Suicide Charities (TASC) for including this article about the opening of our Suicide Crisis Centre on their website :-

http://www.tasc-uk.org/suicide-crisis-centre-opens-cheltenham

National Suicide Prevention Week

We are nearing the end of National Suicide Prevention Week. This is the week that our Suicide Crisis Centre opened and started taking referrals.

Several volunteers completed their ASIST training this week. This is the final stage of their training with us. Our remaining volunteers will take their ASIST course in early October.  We are hugely proud of our volunteers.

On World Suicide Prevention Day (10th September) we had a presence at the excellent Sane conference on suicide prevention in London. One of our team had partipated in their recent research on suicide. The research focuses on how family, friends and communities can support a person who is at risk of suicide.

Post Traumatic Stress Group

Our new PTSD group is starting in central Cheltenham on Tuesday 20th August at 6.00pm.  At the first meeting an NHS psychological therapist from IAPT will be coming to talk to the group about PTSD and treatments.  Other professionals (who work with PTSD) will be attending subsequent meetings. Please contact us via this website if you would like to be part of the group.

Re: Thank you

We are grateful to Andrew Trotter, OBE, Chief Constable of the British Transport Police, for describing  the work of Suicide Crisis as “pioneering”, in a letter that he wrote to Joy on 9th July.

Suicide Crisis team

Our new volunteers started training with us this week. They’re receiving a package of training over the summer months, starting with a training course that Gloucestershire College is formulating and providing especially for us . Next month Bristol Mind provide training in SafeTALK (identifying suicidal thoughts), and our charity’s advising psychiatrist provides training sessions on the subject of suicidality and mental health issues . In the late summer and early autumn volunteers will be training in ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training).

Re: Our Psychiatrist

We are very pleased that Gail Hodgson is now actively involved with our charity. Gail has been a psychiatrist in Gloucestershire for many years. Gail won’t be seeing clients – her role involves advising us as we set up the Centre, working with volunteers, and having input into some of our training. As ever, all our initiatives come from a survivor perspective, and Gail is very supportive of this ethos.