SPIIOW – The Isle of Wight’s Suicide Prevention & Intervention organisation has received funding to the tune of £3,000 from Hampshire & the Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) to deliver its suicide safer schools programme #saferschools into secondary schools across the Island.
Sarah Adams of Suicide Prevention & Intervention IOW says:
“Suicide is a difficult topic and one that hopefully never crosses the minds in schools.
The reality, however, is that it does cross the minds of many young people, 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”
SPIIOW is the Isle of Wight’s not for profit organisation dedicated to preventing suicide among children young people and adults. We strongly believe that many young suicides are preventable. We want to reach out to ensure that our Island schools & the 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 or young adults who may be at risk.
About the Workshops:
The workshops are a 90-minute suicide awareness session that helps participants understand the issue of suicide and how they can help to prevent it in their communities
The purpose of the workshop is to help attendees learn more about suicide and how they can prevent it, the workshops are open to anyone 15 or older who wants to learn more and help make a difference, it will also cover:-
- Examines why people experience thoughts of suicide
- Encourages open discussion about suicide and attitudes toward it
- Explores ways people can help to prevent suicide
Sarah Adams went on to say:
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 or college settings.
Places are limited per school and should be applied for in writing to Sarah Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject Safer Schools