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Staff at Bushey schools to train in suicide prevention

 Published on: 16th April 2019   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A school in Bushey has teamed up with The OLLIE Foundation to offer suicide intervention training for staff and secondary schools in the area. 

The foundation is hosting a 2-day ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) that is free to all members of staff in Bushey and the surrounding area on June 27 and 28. 

Funded by 2018 Imagine Estate Agents quiz, the training at Queens’ school will be able to make staff feel well equipped to have those difficult conversations and help keep students safe.

OLLIE’s Operations Manager recently attended the South West pastoral leads meetings with Paul Connolly, Queens Assistant Head to let the schools know about the opportunity. 

Paul said: “This training is full of practical advice on how to help people keep themselves safe. The day after completing my training, I was called upon to provide help to a person experiencing suicidal ideation. Rarely is training invaluable.”

OLLIE’s operations manager, Verity Bramwell, added: “We always really appreciate it when local communities are repeated supporters of OLLIE and where possible, want to ensure that their hard work and support benefits their local community. Previously we haven’t delivered ASIST to any Watford schools so it’s a really exciting opportunity to be able to do so.”

This skill training session provides an opportunity for the money raised by local people to be reinvested back into their community and will improve the understanding and knowledge of local school staff.

Mike Cole, managing director of Watford Imagine Group said: “Suicide rates in young people is one of the tragedies of this generation. As the problem slowly receives more attention, prevention rather than cure is the obvious necessity. OLLIE’s ASIST training serves this purpose and Imagine are proud supporters of helping them to get this directed to as many people as possible.”

To find out more information on OLLIE’s training and how you can get involved visit www.theolliefoundation.org

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