Guernsey is taking proactive steps to provide support for individuals bereaved by suicide by hosting a two-day event at Les Cotils on 7-8 March. The event aims to address the impact of suicide on those left behind and equip emergency service workers with effective ways to respond to friends and family members in these difficult situations. Workshops will also focus on early actions that can prevent suicide.
The first day of the event will feature discussions led by four guest speakers from Suicide Bereavement UK (SBUK). These experts will delve into topics such as assisting those affected by suicide and providing support to children in the aftermath of such events. The second day will involve training sessions for emergency service workers, conducted by SBUK, on responding to suicide incidents. Guernsey Mind will also run a session on recognizing early signs of individuals struggling and offering strategies to avoid crises.
In 2021, Guernsey and Alderney witnessed a total of 11 suicides, as reported by the States of Guernsey. With this event, the aim is to provide valuable resources and knowledge that can help reduce these numbers and offer support to those affected by suicide. The organizers strongly encourage individuals from all backgrounds to participate and contribute to the collective effort in preventing suicide and promoting well-being in Guernsey.
This event seeks to facilitate open dialogue, education, and training, in order to enhance suicide prevention and support efforts. By bringing together experts in the field, emergency service workers, and individuals affected by suicide, the event hopes to create a supportive network and foster a greater understanding of the challenges faced by those bereaved by suicide.
The event at Les Cotils on 7-8 March promises to be a crucial platform for addressing the impact of suicide, providing support, and equipping emergency service workers with the necessary tools to respond effectively. It is an opportunity for individuals to learn, share experiences, and contribute to the ongoing efforts in suicide prevention in Guernsey.