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The latest news, blogs and events

Jun 03 2024

Moving towards Individualised Risk Management

May 20 2024

Preventing suicide: assessing and supporting those with no fixed address

May 20 2024

Finding the words: How to support someone who has been bereaved or affected by suicide

May 20 2024

Supporting people bereaved by suicide who are neurodivergent: A guide by Support After Suicide

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May 20 2024

Bookings are now open for our Intermediate course, launching this September!

May 19 2024

Have you reserved your place for the NSPA member webinars being held this month?

May 15 2024

Suicide Bereavement Guides for those bereaved by suicide in the Armed Forces community

May 15 2024

Supporting autistic children and young people through crisis: Resource from Autistica

Bianca Romanyk - Blog - Nurturing a learning culture: Building hope and collaboration in self-harm & suicide prevention (My reflections on the NSPA conference)
Mar 07 2024

Nurturing a learning culture: Building hope and collaboration in self-harm and suicide prevention (My reflections on the NSPA conference)

Two reports published by NCISH offer valuable insights for the self-harm and suicide prevention community
Mar 01 2024

Two reports published by NCISH offer valuable insights for the self-harm and suicide prevention community

Feb 05 2024

Resources for Children’s Mental Health Week: 5th – 11th February 2024

Professor Sir Louis Appleby on the Suicide prevention strategy for England 2023 to 2028
Jan 25 2024

A conversation with Professor Sir Louis Appleby on the Suicide Prevention Strategy for England

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Jan 25 2024

Enhancing patient safety: The journey of Storm Skills Training at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Trust

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Jan 19 2024

A glimpse behind the scenes at Storm Skills Training: 15th – 19th January 2024

Sep 08 2023

Introducing open courses for individuals

Sep 07 2023

Three questions with: Linda Gask

May 09 2023

Research call: Practitioner views of the CaTS-App

Mar 17 2023

How our Wellbeing Programme is helping us to stay connected

Mar 16 2023

NSPA Conference: Reflections and learnings from the Storm Skills Training team

Mar 09 2023

Interview with Professor Nav Kapur on the development of NICE guidelines and the year ahead

Mar 09 2023

Reaching shared understanding, assessment and structured support around self-harm with a young person? The CaTS-app could help with that…

Mar 09 2023

3 Questions with Shilla Patel

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Dec 09 2022

Loneliness and self-harm in adolescents during lockdown serious concerns about a student’s safety or mental health

Dec 09 2022

Universities to involve trusted contacts when there are serious concerns about a student’s safety or mental health

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Sep 08 2022

The September edition of STORM Front is now available to read online!

Sep 07 2022

Asking about self-harm and suicide in primary care

Sep 07 2022

NSPA’s Lived Experience Network

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Sep 07 2022

Improving online safety with Ripple

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Sep 07 2022

A new face at St Germain’s in Birmingham

Sep 06 2022

NSPA’s Lived Experience Network

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Jun 30 2022

Bolton in partnership for children and young people

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Jun 29 2022

3 Questions with: Gill Green

Mar 10 2022

Going online with Northamptonshire NHS Foundation Trust

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Mar 10 2022

Oberstown Children Detention Campus – Tackling self-harm in a changing environment

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Mar 10 2022

Becky Jagodziński joins our team to work towards STORM® Version 5

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Mar 10 2022

3 Questions with: Nikki Gibilisco

Sep 09 2021

Voices from the frontline: John Pearson, St Germain’s Church, Edgbaston

May 03 2019

Greater Manchester Suicide Bereavement Conference

Oct 05 2018

Supporting student mental health in secondary schools and colleges in Derbyshire

Linda's Story:

Meet Linda Gask: Co-founder

I studied medicine in Edinburgh, before moving to Manchester where I trained in psychiatry. I had both professional and personal interest in mental health, having experienced depression and anxiety myself. I was acutely aware of the need for effective communication to better understand and work with my patients.

Storm Skills Training started as a research project Manchester University funded by the Department of Health in the 1990s. Myself and Richard Morriss developed a training package that demonstrated how using viewing recorded roleplays could actually change people’s behaviour. We first tested our approach in Preston, then across a wider area in South Lancashire.

At that point, we named it Storm Skills Training and we were joined by Gill Green to roll out the delivery of training. Gill further developed Storm as a CIC and it’s wonderful to see how it has grown to where it is today under Bianca and her team.

My passion for many years has been on making mental health support more accessible in primary care. Until the Spring of 2023, I was Presidential lead for primary care at the Royal College of Psychiatrists and I continue to offer advice on the issue.

I moved to Orkney full time in 2020 at the start of the pandemic. I am Chair of a local mental health organisation called the Bilde Trust. As a rural community, we face our own challenges with mental health – it’s great to be involved in making a difference where I live.

Orkney is a wonderful place, unlike anywhere else in Scotland or the UK. I particularly enjoy writing here. After my first book, The Other Side of Silence, was published, I wrote my second (Finding True North) about how moving here positively impacted my own mental health.

My third book will be published at the end of 2024, exploring mental health and feminism. Maybe then I will take it easy, but that’s very hard for me to do!

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Keith's Story

Meet Keith Waters: Non-executive Director

Keith has over 25 years of clinical experience in Liaison psychiatry, self-harm and suicide prevention and was awarded an Honorary Research Fellowship by Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (DHCFT) in 2013.

For many years he was the lead for the Derby site of the Multicentre Study of self-harm in England, a study which he still maintains a very active role in. Until recently he was the Clinical director for self-harm and suicide prevention for the Trust and retains a post within the research team.

Keith is also a Storm Skills Training consultant with many years experience in facilitating, delivering, and supporting Storm Skills Training and has for a number of years held a seat on the National Suicide Prevention Alliance steering group.

He has been the Suicide Prevention manager for the East Midlands and Clinical Advisor for Suicide Prevention with the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network, developed a business and clinical case for Liaison Psychiatry Services in Derbyshire, and was the clinical advisor for its implementation.

Keith is an experienced trainer, facilitator, and presenter in Self Harm and Suicide prevention and management, locally and nationally in addition to the work with DHCFT and Storm Skills Training, has helped develop and delivered an initially lottery-funded suicide awareness training program across the East Midlands and organised chaired and delivered at numerous nation conferences and events. Keith has also been a joint author on numerous published research works, and chapters in clinical textbooks on self-harm and suicide prevention and has contributed to policy and practice guidance developments locally and nationally.

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Alf's Story

Meet Alf Hill: Non-executive Director

I first encountered Storm Skills Training CIC during my time as a volunteer Business Mentor at Unltd – a charity that supports social enterprises. Co-founder Gill Green was one my mentees in 2010 when Storm Skills Training was still within the University of Manchester and at the beginning of its journey to becoming an independent Community Interest Company.

At our first meeting I asked Gill, “How do you think I can help you?” Gill’s response was “Well… you could explain accounting to me.” We worked together for 18 months to develop Storm Skills Training as a social business. When Storm Skills Training CIC was finally incorporated in 2011, I was invited by Gill and Linda to be a non-executive Director and became Chair of the Board ten years later in 2021.

I’ve had a diverse career; initially as a civil servant, then in senior management and executive and non-executive roles in insurance and reinsurance in the UK and USA, in the corporate sector, and in Lloyd’s of London.

I returned to the public sector initially in adult education then at the Equal Opportunities Commission, later the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

A qualified accountant, I’ve been trustee of several charities, local and national, currently the Yapp Charitable Trust and the Centre for Investigative Journalism.

At Storm Skills Training, post-pandemic I feel that we are stronger than ever. I’m excited about the future with our new team with an ambitious plan.

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Gill's Story

Meet Gill Green: Co-founder

My career has taken me from nursing to academic research and finally to the development of Storm Skills Training CIC as a skills training company.

When I was nursing, so many of my patients often expressed that they felt so hopeless that they thought about ending their life. And like so many of my colleagues, I felt ill-equipped to know the right way to respond. It was a dilemma that I wanted to address through skills training – to give fellow healthcare professionals the confidence and practice they needed to have those difficult conversations.

In 1997, it was a chance job advertisement in a national paper for a Trainer and Researcher that introduced me to Storm Skills Training. At the time, I saw the 12-month project, working with Linda Gask at the University of Manchester, as an opportunity to learn new skills to take back to clinical practice. After the project, I stepped away for a few years, remaining in research but working with prisons on a different project. Research was definitely where I wanted to be.

I came back to the University of Manchester in 2003, when Linda and I started to develop the training package we now know as Storm Skills Training. It was important to us to translate the theory into usable, effective practice. I knew that as a healthcare practitioner, it wouldn’t be enough to sit in a room and be ‘taught’ suicide prevention. It is only through practice that we can actually ‘do’ suicide prevention.

I’m looking forward to supporting Bianca in realising her vision for where we go to next – and to exploring even more new directions for my own career. 

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Bianca's Story

Meet Bianca Romanyk: CEO

After 20 years in the mental health field, I am incredibly proud to be CEO of Storm Skills Training.

In my early career as a probationary psychologist working in community mental health, I can remember thinking that I’d like to one day have a role that could influence and impact the lives of many who were in distress. I recall meeting the CEO of the mental health service and being inspired by her and the compassion and empathy she showed those experiencing mental health issues.

Being in a small town in rural Australia I had the privilege of my role spanning across several areas of mental health, including working in an ongoing way with people with severe mental illness and crisis assessment (and being on call). I enjoyed all of it - I loved working with people, building trusting relationships, and working alongside them. I developed a special interest in working with younger adults with complex trauma and was lucky enough to train and be part of the Dialectical Behavioural Team for a short while. All of these experiences in my early career have driven my passion to make a difference for those in distress. I believe it is the quality of the connection that we make with people that makes a difference.

My career took me away from the frontline but rooted deeply in mental health and creating positive change. I found myself sat in a Storm Skills Training session as a trainee facilitator in 2013, Gill was delivering the course. I’d started in a brand-new role, working with schools in Australia to support their communities impacted by suicide. I recall vividly the anxiety of being on film in front of my new colleagues and the relief, value, and benefit the experience gave me. I left the training session feeling so empowered – I knew this course would help teachers and others working in schools to have conversations that made a difference to young people in significant distress. I wanted everyone to have Storm Skills Training!

Life presented itself with an opportunity to move to the UK. In 2014, before I left, Gill returned to Australia, we agreed to meet and talk about the opportunity to work together when I arrived. I arrived in the UK, with my two dogs, on the 7th of August 2015 and started work with Storm Skills Training on World Suicide Prevention Day the next month.

I haven’t looked back, my life here in the UK is lovely! When I’m not working, you’ll find me on my local common with my dogs, Derek and Doris, enjoying the view and nature. Or in my garden having a chat to the plants. I enjoy all things creative. More recently I have become a foster carer and am looking forward to this new life challenge and making a difference to the lives of young people.

I love the Storm Skills Training team, our consultants, and community and am always thinking about how to build and improve on the work we do, to have a positive impact on the world. I know that between us all we can make a real difference to people in distress. That’s what I am most excited about.

I believe passionately that Storm Skills Training helps to save lives. My vision for the future of Storm Skills Training, and our community, is to strive toward a more collaborative, empowering, and person-centred approach to self-harm and suicide prevention. A world where distress is met with compassion, everyone feels empowered to help and the support offered is tailored to the unique needs of people and their stories.

 

 

 

 

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Find support:

If you need help and support please reach out for it, here are some options:

Samaritans (UK)

Email: jo@samaritans.org

Phone: 116 123 (24 hours a day, 365 days a year)

Visit: samaritans.org

International Association for Suicide Prevention (International)

Visit: findahelpline.com/i/iasp