Award nomination highlights outstanding student support for suicide prevention

The University of Wolverhampton has been shortlisted in the ‘Outstanding Support for Students’ category in the Times Higher Education Awards 2016.

The nomination is in recognition of the University’s work in suicide prevention. Staff have collaborated with the ‘Connecting with People’ approach developed by Dr Alys Cole King and Gavin Peake-Jones, using world-leading and pioneering training materials, assessment tools and mitigating frameworks on the subject to help develop a common level of awareness and discourse around the classification of suicidal and self-harming thoughts.

Nearly 100 children aged 10 – 14 years old have taken their own lives in the UK in the past decade. 2014 saw the largest rise in female deaths by suicide for over a decade and death by suicide remains the largest killer of men under 45 in the UK.

Clare Dickens, Mental Health and Wellbeing Coordinator at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “We have been nominated for our Safeguarding – 3 Minutes to save a life project. The University considers our response to suicide and self-harm as a matter of safeguarding and every one of us has a part to play in safeguarding our students, our staff and ourselves.

“To date we’ve trained nearly 450 members of staff and Students’ Union officers in the initial modules of Suicide and Self-Harm Awareness, as well as Emotional Resilience -  which focuses more on the delegates themselves, and how they look after their own wellbeing - and it’s a rolling programme of training for all staff.

“We have also begun to implement these modules into our student nurse programme and so far over 200 student nurses are now equipped with the same tools, same knowledge and same confidence to save a life.”

The University’s approach and collaboration has been considered an area of best practice in higher education by the National Union of Students (NUS) and AMOSHEE. Work has been presented as best practice in this field to a Parliamentary Select Committee and the University is working closely with Public Health England in informing national guidelines through case study and knowledge.

The nomination was submitted on behalf of the Director of Human Resources, Steph Harris, who leads on safeguarding.

The awards dinner and ceremony takes place on Thursday 24 November 2016 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.

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Date Issued: 29th September 2016

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