Suicide is a difficult topic and one that hopefully never crosses your mind in your school. The reality, however, is that it does cross the minds of many young people, including schoolchildren. In fact, suicide is the leading cause of death among young people and in children the numbers are alarmingly high. Over 200 schoolchildren are lost to suicide every year in the UK

SPI IOW is the Isle of Wight’s charity dedicated to preventing suicide among children young people and adults. We strongly believe that many young suicides are preventable. As a charity we want to reach out to you to help ensure that your school or college can be as ready as possible to prevent a suicide in our community. We want to help you and your colleagues to be suicide-aware; ready, willing and able to help children who may be at risk.

Safeguarding is everyone’s business and is not just the responsibility of Directors of Children’s Services, Local Children’s Safeguarding Boards, Head Teachers, Governors and Safeguarding Leads. In the same way, SPI IOW believes that suicide prevention is everybody’s business and that we all can play a role in preventing young suicide. In schools/colleges settings, this includes:

Governors, Senior Leadership Team, Parents and Carers, Counsellors, Pastoral and Wellbeing Officers. All teaching staff, Administrators, Caretakers/Janitors, Catering staff, Young people as peer supporters/mentors

Each of these groups can make a unique contribution to suicide prevention.