World Suicide Prevention Day takes place annually on 10 September.
Within the Care Group, we have Sarah Tahsildar, Learning and Development Practitioner, who leads on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, and we interviewed her recently to find out what she’s been doing to tackle this issue.
Suicide has a wide-ranging impact on families, friends, colleagues and healthcare workers associated with the victim. What projects have you taken part in to help prevent suicide?
A couple of months ago, I travelled to Istanbul, Turkey, to conduct a two-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop for the International Organisation for Migration branch of United Nations.
We had 24 participants from 14 different countries across the world taking part, and it was fulfilling to be able to create a safe space where participants could learn invaluable skills and knowledge to tackle this critical issue globally.
What was Turkey like?
I was captivated by Istanbul's rich history and vibrant atmosphere. The interplay of ancient architecture and modern developments painted a captivating backdrop for the workshop. Being there especially resonated with me as I’m Turkish myself.
What did the workshop entail?
This was an interactive workshop that combined theoretical insights with practical exercises and participants were encouraged to share their perspectives and experiences. There was a real sense of empathy and understanding among the attendees that built a strong foundation for learning.
I presented evidence-based strategies and tools to address the multifaceted challenges faced by individuals struggling with suicidal ideation.
What was the impact?
The workshop’s impact was palpable. Participants said they left with renewed hope, armed with practical skills and newfound confidence to address suicide prevention within their communities.
I’m grateful for the IOM’s commitment to mental health initiatives on a global scale. I felt uplifted as I was able to equip individuals with the tools and knowledge necessary to address the pervasive issue of suicide.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
Would you like to learn how you can help to prevent suicide?
LivingWorks Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is the only workshop of its kind.
Updated continually to reflect new knowledge, ASIST has been empowering people to provide skilled, life-saving interventions for over 35 years.