Mid and North East Essex Mind is delighted to launch specialised training aimed at GP staff to help prevent suicide amongst colleagues.
In the UK, over 18,000 people between the ages of 20 and 64 took their life between 2011 and 2015. This includes 430 health professionals, who experience a higher rate of suicide nationally.
The course is available to all staff in GP practices across mid and north Essex. It aims to help staff recognise the signs a colleague or patient may be at risk of suicide, how they can help someone stay safe, and to promote the development of a whole practice approach to suicide prevention in patients, colleagues and the wider community.
The course is free of charge to GP Practices and has been generously funded by a local family and the North Essex Clinical Commissioning Group.
Julie Arthur, Corporate Fundraising Manager at Mid and North East Essex Mind, says “We are very keen to engage with GP Practices across Mid and North East Essex to provide them with this bespoke training and by undertaking the training as a whole practice we hope to create a better atmosphere for looking after each other as well as their patients”.