Save the Class of 2018
World Suicide Prevention Day: Help us Save The #ClassOf2018
This year on World Suicide Prevention Day PAPYRUS are launching a year-long campaign to Save The #ClassOf2018. Our school photo visually represents the lives of schoolchildren lost to suicide every year in the UK.
The campaign aims to:
• Raise awareness of the issue of suicide in schoolchildren and highlight the role that those in contact with schoolchildren can play in helping prevent young suicide;
• Equip school and college teachers and staff with suicide prevention skills to build suicide-safer schools, through the launch of our new suicide prevention guide;
• Raise awareness of the support available through our helpline, HOPELineUK;
• Encourage take-up of training to help people to prevent suicide in schoolchildren
Access the PAPYRUS suicide prevention guide for schools
‘Building suicide-safer schools and colleges: A guide for teachers and staff’
PAPYRUS has developed a guide to suicide prevention, intervention and postvention in schools and colleges, aimed specifically at teachers as well as school or college staff. It aims to equip teachers with the skills and knowledge necessary to support schoolchildren who may be having suicidal thoughts.
Our guide uses a ‘community-model’ – supporting the belief that suicide is everyone’s business and that the community must be equipped and supported to prevent young suicide – as well as urging children young people to speak up or ask for help. This underpins our work here at PAPYRUS.
Have you used our guide? Are there other materials you’d like from PAPYRUS? We’d love to hear from you!
Our Save The #ClassOf2018 campaign will run throughout the year and we are keen to hear feedback (either with your permission or anonymously) and see the development of materials to support schools as a key part of this. We have trained a number of school and college staff recently in ASIST; we aim to use their experience as case studies throughout the year.
Please send us your feedback on our guide – we can use it in subsequent stages for our campaign.
We’ve had feedback from many members and supporters that they would like to support our Save the #ClassOf2018 campaign further by sharing our guide for use as a resource in local schools or colleges. We advise that headteachers and governors are often a first port-of-call – you could ask them whether they have a suicide-safer schools policy in place.
They may then hand this concern over to Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCO), Pastoral Care Staff, Learning Mentors or Safeguarding Leads at their schools and ask them to implement a suicide prevention policy. Of course, if you are already involved in a school community, you may be able to approach these staff members directly. It’s worth noting that our guide uses a ‘Community Model’ and that we believe suicide prevention is everyone’s business, particularly in a school community. With this in mind, it may help to enlist the help of others – parents, teachers etc. – to start a conversation with decision-makers in the school or college.
It may well be that there is some resistance to discussing suicide in the school environment. This in itself can be a good opportunity to look at what is stopping us talking openly about suicide. Often, it is the fear of making things worse. This is very common but is unfounded. We really need to talk about suicide safety. The guide really helps to start that very conversation and equips you and your community to be suicide-safer and better prepared to support children who may be distressed and feeling hopeless.
If you are interested in training school or college staff in suicide prevention skills, please email training@papyrus-ukorg for more information.