By Bianca Hegde, CEO, STORM Skills Training CIC
It’s World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) on Saturday 10th September. It’s an important time for reflection as well as action, and I’m feeling pretty reflective after a busy summer of planning for the future of STORM.
To mark WSPD, we are showcasing some of the projects that we have supported in the last year in the September edition of our newsletter. This year’s WSPD theme is Creating Hope Through Action, and we are sure you will agree that these brilliant initiatives are doing exactly that.
I have been having conversations with people from STORM’s growing community, I hear that the increasing cost of living and stretched frontline services mean hope feels very far away for many out there. This saddens me and strengthens my resolve for STORM to do more.
Every member of our team is passionately committed to helping to reduce distress through skills training and support to the suicide prevention community. I am heartened to be able to share with you some of the work that we have supported this year and news about what’s happening for our ever expanding team.
One more member of that team has joined us – welcome to Megan who is our new Training Co-ordinator. I’m sure you will get to meet her soon if you join a session.
Progress with the development of version 5 of our training package is going well. The evolution of the modules and slide content has started – and we are very excited. The project team and steering group are discussing some interesting questions, including what this week’s publication of the NICE guidance means for skills training. (Read the important NICE Guidance on Self-harm here). We have also engaged a talented designer to help us with STORM’s new look and feel for the new version. It all feels like the start of a brand new school year round here!
Finally, we are really excited to begin recruiting a Head of Training Delivery at STORM. More details are available on our website, please do check it out. It is a new and very important role and we can’t wait to find the right person. Until next time, good luck with your WSPD 22 activities and keep talking!