Exmouth Nationwide committed to keeping community suicide-safe. FREE courses in suicide prevention and mental health awareness

PUBLISHED: 18:08 10 April 2018 | UPDATED: 18:08 10 April 2018

Nationwide Exmouth staff with Kate from Pete’s Dragons receiving a cheque for more than £4,000 to fund free suicide prevention and mental health awareness training for the community

Nationwide Exmouth staff with Kate from Pete’s Dragons receiving a cheque for more than £4,000 to fund free suicide prevention and mental health awareness training for the community

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Free courses aimed at keeping the community safe from suicide have been made possible thanks to Nationwide Exmouth joining forces with charity Pete’s Dragons.

The Nationwide branch, in Rolle Street, donated more than £4,000 to the Exmouth-based suicide prevention charity, with its HQ in Exeter Road, to pay for a trio of courses.

The building society was keen to fund the courses because early intervention can significantly reduce the likelihood of suicide or other harmful behaviours.

Alison Hill, Pete’s Dragons CEO, said the courses would train people in mental health awareness, suicide awareness and suicide first aid.

She said: “We are thrilled that Nationwide Exmouth agreed to fund this project and that they have shown their commitment to keeping the local community suicide-safe.

“We are excited to be able to offer our range of courses to Exmouth residents free of charge. We, as an Exmouth local charity, have received so much support from the local community and we are delighted that with the help of Nationwide we can give something back.”

She added: “This project will enhance the life saving and life affirming skills within Exmouth. Two out of three suicidal people are not engaged with their GP or any other health professional so suicide prevention is by necessity a community problem.

“This project will help Exmouth be more aware of the support needs of a range of people within the community and how to access resources and how to signpost people towards professional support.”

The free courses are:

• SafeTALK – Thursday, April 26, 9.15am-1.15pm.

26th April. Suicide alertness for everyone; a short course that prepares helpers to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources.

• ASSIST – two-day course. May 8 and 9. Both days from 9.15am-5.15pm.

Suicide first aid intervention skills training; a two-day interactive workshop that prepares caregivers to provide suicide life-assisting first-aid intervention.

• Mental health awareness - Wednesday April 25, 9.15am-1.15pm.

A short, introductory course designed to increase confidence, knowledge and skills around mental health conditions, aiming to raise awareness of mental health.

Places are limited. For more details and to book contact Pete’s Dragons on 01395 277780 or email admin@petesdragons.org.uk

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