John Henden Consultancy

John Henden Consultancy provides psychotherapy, coaching, and a wide portfolio of training. The special focus is on suicide prevention training workshops, both at home and overseas.

Also it promotes the best selling book, ‘Preventing Suicide: the solution focused approach.’ A second edition of the book is currently being prepared.

How does your organisation contribute to preventing suicide and supporting those affected by it?

The organisations role is as follows:

1. To speak/run workshops at Zero Suicide conferences

2. To train bereavement support group\’s volunteers

3. At all our 1-day and 2-day solution focused suicide prevention workshops, to inspire belief in zero suicide: in both individual participants and representatives of clinical teams and other mental health organisations.

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What are your current priorities?

The book ‘Preventing Suicide: the solution focused approach’ was published by Wiley & Sons in 2008. It was a worldwide success. Currently the manuscript for the second edition is with the publisher. Delays are being addressed. We will be providing 1-day annual suicide prevention training for Bristol branch volunteers. Looking to expand this to other CRUSE branches nationwide.

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What challenges are you currently facing?

Currently, mental health foundation trusts seem reluctant to provide full suicide prevention training for their teams. Instead, it seems for a variety of reasons, they provide ‘Awareness’ events and minimal 1/2 day training courses only.

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