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The Shaw Mind Foundation is hosting free suicide awareness training for the community

A spate of recent tragedies has prompted a Newark charity to take action and offer help to those in need.

Over the last few weeks, there has been a number of deaths on the railway line, with five incidents in the past month.

As a direct response to these losses of life, and to support those who have reached out to them on social media looking for help and guidance, The Shaw Mind Foundation is hosting free suicide awareness training for the community and surrounding areas.


The training sessions will include defining the term mental health, recognising the signs of mental ill health and suicide risk, exploring the links between physical and mental health, and understanding the impact of attitudes around mental ill health and suicide.

The aim is also to increase people’s confidence to have conversations with someone in distress and encouraging them to seek help, and understanding the wider impact of emotional distress on friends and family.

The four-hour training sessions will take place at the charity’s office on Millgate in Newark.

Su Hallam, charity manager, said: “We are aware that local people are wanting to support those in need in an attempt to prevent further loss of life but may not have the skills to do so; the loss of one life is one too many.

“We at The Shaw Mind Foundation are committed to providing appropriate services, including training and our Breathe Hub, to the community with flexibility for their needs.”

To find out more about the Shaw Mind Foundation’s training, to book your place or to discuss further training options, contact Su on 01636 600830 or email su@shawmindfoundation.org

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