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Newark charity Shawmind offers free suicide awareness training to help people gain better understanding of mental ill health

Free suicide awareness training is being offered by a Newark charity to help people gain a better understanding of mental ill health.

Mental health and wellbeing charity Shawmind is offering the training in light of the rise in mental ill health, thanks in part to the covid-19 lockdown.

Mental ill health has risen during lockdown (40983668)
Mental ill health has risen during lockdown (40983668)

On Thursday, September 10, which is World Suicide Prevention Day, Shawmind will host an online training session to help people gain a better understanding of mental ill health and equip them with the knowledge, skills and empathy needed to feel confident in offering support to someone in need, or in a mental health crisis.

Su Hallam, charity manager at Shawmind, said: “Having a basic knowledge of mental ill health and awareness of the support systems available to people who are experiencing mental ill health or suicidal thoughts can make a real difference in a mental health crisis situation.

“Spotting the signs early on and having the confidence to approach someone, as long as it’s safe to do so, to start a conversation, can be all it takes to give someone with the help they need.

“We want to reassure people that they won’t make things worse by listening to someone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts. But by taking the time to listen to them, you might pick up on something that could offer them hope. Hope is a very powerful thing. Hope can save lives.”

Hosted on the charity’s YouTube channel, https://bit.ly/ShawmindYouTube, the suicide awareness training will be delivered by Su Hallam live at 10am and 2pm. It will then be made available to stream at any time.

More more information, or to access a support volunteer, email enquiries@shawmind.org

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