We are a social enterprise set up to raise awareness and provide resources to children, young people and those who seek to support them, about the impact of trauma and how to increase our resilience to it. Thus, reducing suicide as a choice, this being the worst case outcome for those who have not been supported.
How does your organisation contribute to preventing suicide and supporting those affected by it?
To improve the outcome of reducing suicide we increase awareness, challenge stigma about the very word ‘suicide’ and related myths, through our workshops and facilitated reflective practice workshops on the relationship between trauma and learning well-being. We include three modules on youth suicide awareness, available to universal and specialist professionals. We are developing films with young people on hope and belonging.
What are your current priorities?
We are working with groups of young people to write, script, direct and produce a film on ‘how do children and young people get a sense of hope and belonging in multi cultural England’. We have introduced a new set of workshops to introduce and familiarise young people with the impact on our body mind balance. The outcomes will be to support young people’s capacity to emotionally and make sense of the impact of trauma, thus reducing suicide as a choice.
We are also piloting a new programme linked to our trauma-proofing program. Responding to the increase in young people expressing suicidal ideation.
What challenges are you currently facing?
Breaking down systemic stigma which can sit within and across Children’s Services. Opportunities to have an open dialogue with those affected following a child taking their life and or a member of Children’s Services staff. However, we experience the more info and familiarisation with the subject, the less we face challenges, so we introduce the subject of suicide within our trauma work to be proactive.