Our Parent Support Adviser, Kat, recently attended a two day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) delivered by Papyrus UK. Papyrus is a national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide in the UK.
In the UK, suicide is the leading cause of death among young people under 35. Papyrus believes that everyone can play a role in suicide prevention and are working hard to build suicide-safer communities. ASIST was developed in 1983 and is a scientifically proven intervention model delivered around the world, to teach suicide first aid skills to anyone over the age of 16.
During the training Kat learned how to recognise when someone may be having thoughts of suicide and to work with them to create a plan for their immediate safety. Kat will be able to use these skills on the helpline when answering calls from family members of young people whose experience of bullying may lead them to consider suicide.
For more information about the work of Papyrus UK please visit https://www.papyrus-uk.org/