South East and Central Essex Mind helping to increase self-harm and suicide awareness through local

Last year, South East and Central Essex Mind were awarded funding by Awards for All to run

a 12 month programme of free training on self-harm and suicide to authorities, schools and businesses in South East Essex. The programme was launched on World Suicide Prevention Day on the 10th September 2018. During the last 12 months, 30 events were successfully delivered across business spaces and schools in the Southend and Chelmsford areas to a total of 246 delegates, exceeding our original target of 200. Public events were held at our Jubilee Centre in central Southend and Chelmsford city, thanks to our commercial partners at AJ Gallagher and First Intuition. As a special celebration of the end of this program, an event was recently held at the Presentation POD at the South Essex College in Southend. This course was aimed at anyone interested in mental health or worried about a friend, loved one or employee and delivered delivered to a further 80 delegates by our excellent Project Training Team, Danielle Morrissey Salmon (Healthy Minds Counselling), Liz Swanson and Jessica Wing (South East and Central Essex Mind) who together have many years of experience working actively in Mental Health counselling and service provision. This unique program also included a brief talk from local award-winning film makers, Ben Lettieri and Lliam Coker, who put together an exclusive edit of their award winning film ‘Life After’. Participants explore subject areas such as the difference between suicidal thoughts and intentions, causes and underlying factors around self-harm, what you can do to help, what to do in an emergency and how you can support yourself. Liz Swanson, SECE Mind Counselling Manager and Trainer, spoke further of the positive impact of the programme - “It was an honour and privilege to speak to such an engaged audience about these subjects which are very emotive. I have been lucky to have been asked to write and deliver this training for the past year and have met so many wonderful people on this journey. All of my colleagues at SECE Mind who have been a part of this project, promoting it, delivering training, support and awareness have been committed and enthusiastic which has meant that we have met a wide and varied audience of all ages and backgrounds. I hope we have made a difference in raising awareness and starting a very important discussion.”

We also have received some great feedback from attendees: “This training was very well delivered focussing on risk as well as legal obligations and roles and responsibilities of the practitioner, as well as offering ways in which to effectively manage the reporting of suicidal thoughts. The trainers were clearly experienced practitioners and they were able to relate to the situations of other practitioners in different agencies” “Thorough subject knowledge and gave people time to fully explore situations and share ideas/thoughts.” “Made a difficult subject very approachable and gave clear examples and explanation of good practice when dealing with situations where a client may feel suicidal.” “The trainers put everyone at ease as we were all from varied backgrounds.” “Engaged well with attendees. Kept the course content on track. Allowed lots of time to ask questions.” “Gave us a good understanding of how to approach the situation if it arises. Danielle also taught us the various possible reasons leading to self-harm. “Excellent facilitation of discussion and approached a thought provoking and difficult subject with sensitivity."

Thank you to everyone who attended and to Awards for All for helping us provide this programme.

For more information about Mental Health Training and other upcoming courses in Autumn/ Winter 2019, please visit, email or call our team on 01702 601123. South East and Central Essex provides mental health services, training and support across Southend-on-Sea, Castle Point, Chelmsford, Rochford and South Woodham Ferrers. We provide Counselling and Trauma Services, Supported Housing, PACE and Mental Health Training for individuals, schools and businesses. We also run Somewhere To Turn, our frontline drop-in service based in Southend, available via phone, email and in person. This free service provides mental health information, advice and signposting for anyone who needs it. SECE Mind is a registered charity. No. 1148451

South East and Central Essex Mind, 112a Southchurch Road

Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 2LX

Charity registration number 1148451