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Our service user involvement strategy, People In Mind (PIM) have been awarded funding courtesy of the Postcode Community Trust to use for the Staying Safe with PIM Project.

The project, will give opportunity to 25 individuals who have suffered with mental ill health to undertake suicide first aid training.

The suicide first aid training, known as Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two day suicide first aid interactive workshop that prepares caregivers to provide suicide first aid interventions.

The emphasis is on teaching suicide first-aid to help a person at risk stay safe.

ASIST is approved by the World Health Organisation with over 1 million people worldwide successfully completing the course.

Community Engagement and Fundraising Coordinator at The Kaleidoscope Plus Group is thrilled about the funding for the PIM Staying Safe Project.

She said: “I’m so grateful for the funding from the Postcode Community Trust.

“It’s such an important project as I hear reports of when PIM members support other individuals with crisis and mental ill health during the evening and into the night time.

It will mean that 25 people with experience of mental illness will be confident in recognising the invitations for help from those considering suicide in the community and they will be prepared and more confident to give help, support and minimise the immediate risk.

“If each one of the 25 trained in ASIST completes a suicide intervention at least five times in their lifetime, that’s 125 lives saved!”

Don’t just take our word for it!

Five members of PIM have recently completed ASIST in the early project pilot stages delivered in October 2015.

Since this date, two suicide interventions and two support interventions have been completed by the five PIM members.

Following attending the ASIST course, PIM members were asked about how they had benefitted since their attendance.

The following was reported:

All five said they were more confident and prepared to help an individual with experience of mental illness.

All five said they felt more confident and prepared to help an individual at risk of suicide.

All five said they felt that be attending the ASIST course they had a better chance of “keeping safe” themselves in the future.

All five said that learning something new by attending the ASIST course had helped to improve their wellbeing and confidence.

Further feedback from PIM members regarding attending the training included:

“It was money well spent”

“Many times I have come across people wanting to take their own lives, the course has really helped!”

“A little bit of money reflects a bigger impact on saving lives in the community”

“I wish I had the suicide prevention model with me to help people in the past”

If you would like to be one of the 25 individuals to undertake ASIST, please contact Kirstie Barnes on 0121 565 5605 or at kirstie.barnes@kaleidoscopeplus.org.uk

The Postcode Community Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, to find out more click here.