A LIFE Worth Living… suicide prevention training was developed by Washington Mind originally as an integral part of the NHS South of Tyne and Wear Emotional Health and Well-being Strategy 2010-2020. The Strategy was produced in response to the comprehensive Mental Health Needs Assessment, carried out across South of Tyne and Wear which was published in 2009.
With a focus upon reducing pain and increasing coping strategies ‘A LIFE Worth Living’ places an emphasis upon the power of talking about suicidal thoughts and how talking in itself is indeed a first step to coping and to reducing suicides. The emphasis for this training is a community approach and to date taxi-drivers, hairdressers, debt advisors, chaplains, community police officers, GP’s, manufacturing staff, waste management staff and young peoples support staff, to name a few have attended the training.
To date over 1,000 people have been trained across Sunderland, South Tyneside, Gateshead and areas of the Northumberland Tyne and Wear Trust (NTW).
A global evaluation of those who have undertaken the training shows that the training is being utilised in both professional and personal capacity. Together, we can make a difference and lives can be saved.