Overview

16 Mar, 20229:00 am-12:30 pm23 Mar, 20229:00 am-12:30 pm
Online Training Course

Warning: The content of this agenda relates to suicide and self-harm which may be triggering for some readers. If you are looking for support with regards to your own mental health, please contact the Samaritans for free on 116 123.  Full NHS mental health guidance can also be viewed here.


The Developing an Effective Suicide Prevention Strategy in Higher Education Training Course will offer a comprehensive 2 x half days programme allowing attendees to explore how to develop a high impact, institution-wide approach to suicide prevention.

The programme will offer an opportunity to think about:

  • Suicide prevention strategy development that is underpinned by strategic action planning within a higher education context;
  • How an effective multi-agency response needs to be developed;
  • The role of continuous review in enhancing the impact of a suicide prevention strategy.

The course will consider three key aspects

  • Understanding and preventing suicide including an awareness of risk factors and high risk groups, suicide prevention through training, awareness and the development of a community resilience approach
  • Responding to risk through targeted evidence-led interventions for individuals identified as being ‘at risk’
  • Postvention responses in the event of an unexpected student death.

Day 1:

Understanding suicide risk in HE

  • Data on student suicide
  • Risk Factors for Suicide in Higher Education
  • Policy, evidence and practice developments in student suicide prevention

Developing an Institution-Wide Suicide Prevention Strategy

  • Evidence based suicide prevention interventions
  • Leadership and ownership
  • Strategic planning to underpin any suicide prevention strategy
  • Embedding the Strategy within Institutional Policy and Processes
  • Supporting a Coordinated, Multi-Agency Approach
  • Evaluating Your Strategy, Measuring Progress and Review

Preventing Suicide in HE

  • Opening a Dialogue about Suicide
  • Making Suicide Prevention ‘Everyone’s Business’
  • Building Community Resilience

Day 2:

Responses to Risk

  • Delivering High Impact and Accessible Support
  • Targeted and Evidence-based Interventions for individuals at risk

Responding to a Student Death by Suicide

  • Pro-active Preparation and Planning
  • Institutional Incident Response
  • Postvention Support and key response features
  • Post-Incident De-Briefing, Review and Organisational learning

Agenda

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
9:00 am
Online Login and Registration
9:15 am
Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

This session will enable you to meet your peers who are joining the course, explore the objectives for the 2x half-days programme and will allow you to develop your own learning goals from the course.

9:30 am
Understanding Suicide Risk in Higher Education
  • Exploring core trends and characteristics of individuals and groups most at risk of suicide
  • UK Higher Education Policy Perspectives on Student Suicide Prevention
  • What is happening in UK Higher Education in Relation to Student Suicide Prevention?
  • Introduction to core Suicide Prevention Models and theoretical perspectives on suicide and implications for intervention
Professor Jo Smith
Professor Jo Smith
Professor of Early Intervention and Psychosis
University of Worcester
Confirmed
Dr Sharon Mallon
Dr Sharon Mallon
Senior Lecturer in Mental Health
The Open University
Confirmed
9:50 am
Workshop: Developing an Institution and Population-Wide Suicide Prevention Strategy

This workshop will assess the Suicide Safer toolkit needed to develop an effective institution-wide strategy. It will allow you to begin to develop an action plan to design your strategy and assess its quality.

The session will breakdown the core components of an effective Suicide Prevention strategy and explore how they can be implemented. The workshop will consider:

  • Designing your strategy and how it can be actioned
  • Ensuring suicide prevention is a distinct package of support
  • The role of leadership and designated responsibility
  • Awareness and cultural transformation across a university
  • Training and resource support for staff
  • Examining evidence and tailoring interventions
  • A population-wide approach for students not identified at risk
  • Interventions packages for those at risk
  • Integrated and multi-agency responses
  • Engaging students and staff and learning from lived experience perspectives of students and bereaved parents
  • Evaluating Your Strategy, Measuring Progress and Continuous Review
Professor Jo Smith
Professor Jo Smith
Professor of Early Intervention and Psychosis
University of Worcester
Confirmed
Dr Sharon Mallon
Dr Sharon Mallon
Senior Lecturer in Mental Health
The Open University
Confirmed
10:50 am
Break
11:10 am
Prevention through Supporting a Coordinated Multi-Agency Approach
  • Working in partnership with local agencies, the NHS and mental health teams to design a coordinated approach
  • Developing a population-wide focus on suicide prevention with engagement from the local community, students, and those with lived experience
  • Driving a joined-up response across education settings, including schools and further education
  • Assessing what a robust multi-agency coordination looks like and how to deliver integrated communication and rapid response programmes
Professor Jo Smith
Professor Jo Smith
Professor of Early Intervention and Psychosis
University of Worcester
Confirmed
Dr Sharon Mallon
Dr Sharon Mallon
Senior Lecturer in Mental Health
The Open University
Confirmed
11:30 am
Prevention Workshop: Understanding and Preventing Suicide in HE

Opening a Dialogue on Suicide, Making Suicide Prevention Everyone’s Business and Building Community Resilience

This practice-led workshop will examine how your institution can develop a high impact ‘community resilience’ approach to suicide prevention. The workshop will examine how mental health awareness, a culture of compassion and support and effective staff training across an institution can drive an effective preventative approach.

Be prepared to examine with peers your practice, as well as share ideas and insights on delivery.

The session will consider:

  • How to open up conversations on suicide prevention and drive awareness across a university
  • Making suicide prevention everyone’s responsibility and developing a culture of support
  • Training staff and students on emotional literacy and supporting those in distress
  • Destigmatising suicide and developing a culture of disclosure
Professor Jo Smith
Professor Jo Smith
Professor of Early Intervention and Psychosis
University of Worcester
Confirmed
Dr Sharon Mallon
Dr Sharon Mallon
Senior Lecturer in Mental Health
The Open University
Confirmed
12:20 pm
Closing Questions, Your Learning Outcomes, and Objectives for Day 2
12:30 pm
Close of Day 1

*Programme subject to change

9:00 am
Online Login and Registration
9:15 am
Welcome to Day 2 and Review of Learning Outcomes So Far

Ahead of the start of Day 2, this session will allow you to reflect on key learning objectives, assess outcomes so far and consider how you may choose to facilitate change in your institution.

9:30 am
Intervention and Responses to Risk

Delivering High Impact and Accessible Welfare Support

  • Making welfare support and access to provision both internally and externally easy for all students and staff
  • Supporting a culture in which students feel comfortable and confident in using wellbeing support services
  • Ensuring robust communication at all levels of a university to ensure that wellbeing provision is holistic and the responsibility of all staff
  • Developing a targeted approach which supports those at risk, whilst delivering a population-wide focus on compassion
Professor Jo Smith
Professor Jo Smith
Professor of Early Intervention and Psychosis
University of Worcester
Confirmed
Dr Sharon Mallon
Dr Sharon Mallon
Senior Lecturer in Mental Health
The Open University
Confirmed
10:10 am
Intervention Workshop: Designing Targeted and Evidence-Led Interventions for High-Risk Students

This interactive session will allow you to explore effective evidence-led interventions when supporting high risk students. The session will examine practices that should be adopted within higher education settings, the role of tailored provision and the importance of coordinated multi-agency responses.

This session will allow you to examine your practices and consider high quality examples from across the sector. The session will discuss:

  • Identifying warning signs and knowing when/how to intervene
  • Discussing suicide with students at risk
  • Safety Planning
  • Crisis intervention (including Out of Hours and Weekends)
  • Designing a tailored package of support and delivering support pathways
  • Collaborating effectively with NHS mental health services and crisis teams
  • Confidentiality and Consent
Professor Jo Smith
Professor Jo Smith
Professor of Early Intervention and Psychosis
University of Worcester
Confirmed
Dr Sharon Mallon
Dr Sharon Mallon
Senior Lecturer in Mental Health
The Open University
Confirmed
10:50 am
Break
11:10 am
Postvention, Responding to a Student Death by Suicide
  • Pro-active Preparation and Planning
  • Institutional Incident Response
  • Postvention Support and key response features
  • Post-Incident De-Briefing, Review and Organisational learning
Professor Jo Smith
Professor Jo Smith
Professor of Early Intervention and Psychosis
University of Worcester
Confirmed
Dr Sharon Mallon
Dr Sharon Mallon
Senior Lecturer in Mental Health
The Open University
Confirmed
11:30 am
Postvention Workshop; Learning from tragedy

This session will provide a safe space to consider how we can learn from suicides when they happen. It will discuss how we can:

  • Hear the views of parents and those bereaved following previous suicides
  • Translate the ideas and insights of those with lived experience into action points for implementation
Professor Jo Smith
Professor Jo Smith
Professor of Early Intervention and Psychosis
University of Worcester
Confirmed
Dr Sharon Mallon
Dr Sharon Mallon
Senior Lecturer in Mental Health
The Open University
Confirmed
12:00 pm
Reflections and Takeaways
12:20 pm
Closing Questions and Reviewing Learning Outcomes
12:30 pm
Close of Day 2

* Programme note the programme may be subject to change

Audience

This training course is specifically designed for the higher education sector. Those in attendance will include:

  • Heads of Student Support
  • Heads of Student Welfare
  • Heads of Counselling
  • Directors of Student Life
  • Directors of Academic Affairs
  • Mental Health Coordinators
  • Student Service Managers
  • Student Wellbeing Officers

Pricing

For group discounts and enquiries about your registration please contact us on 020 3770 6580 or [email protected]