Domestic Abuse and Suicide Prevention bespoke pilot training package to be launched

The Champs Public Health Collaborative are pleased to announce that they have commissioned Grassroots Suicide Prevention to deliver a bespoke awareness training package around Domestic Abuse and Suicide Prevention.

Following the successful World Suicide Prevention Day Event held on 8th September 2023, it was identified that training was a significant area for development across the voluntary, local authority, education, NHS and police workforces. As a result, the Collaborative have commissioned Grassroots to support with a number of courses, which will be launched in the summer of 2024 and delivered through to the autumn.

Ruth du Plessis, Director of Public Health for St Helens and Lead Director for Suicide Prevention

Ruth du Plessis, Director of Public Health for St Helens, and Cheshire and Merseyside’s Lead Director of Public Health for Suicide Prevention, said:

“The Cheshire and Merseyside Suicide Prevention Partnership is delighted that we are working in partnership with Grassroots Suicide Prevention, a charity that has been delivering suicide prevention training and courses for over 20 years, to create this bespoke pilot training package.

“Their suicide prevention app, Stay Alive, has been downloaded over 837,000 times and they are an organisation with embedded lived experience. They have already delivered successful training on Suicide Prevention in the context of Domestic Abuse and will use their knowledge and experience to support Cheshire and Merseyside on their journey to raise awareness and help our staff understand the issues and enable supportive conversations and appropriate signposting.

“As part of the work we will be liaising with local services and professionals to ensure that the course meets the needs of our local workforces.”

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