How Serious is Serious?

Suicide prevention training for professionals working with young people

The ‘How Serious is Serious’ suicide prevention model has been developed by Merseyside Youth Association’s RAISE team, working in partnership with Wirral CAMHS and YPAS.

The programme’s content has been guided by parents of young people who have died by suicide, children and young people’s participation groups and mental health professionals. Its development was funded by the Liverpool CDOP (Child Death Overview Panel) in response to growing concerns about the number of children and young people who end up looking to suicide as the only answer to the difficulties they are facing.

Over 200 schoolchildren die through suicide every year in the UK. They leave behind parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents, friends and professionals who might ask themselves for the rest of their lives, “Is there something I could have done differently? Is there something I could have done?”

This training has been designed to help professionals working with children and young people to spot the signs of a young person at risk of suicide and, more importantly, to build confidence in professionals to talk openly with young people about suicide.

Interested?

If you are interested in hearing more about the SERIOUS programme in your area, please register your details here and you will be contacted when dates become available.

We will share this information with the designated workforce leads within your Local Authority to notify them that you would like to do this training.

As the biggest killer of young people in the UK, accounting for 14% of deaths in 10-19 year olds (‘Understanding and responding to children and young people at risk of self-harm and suicide’- A guide for practitioners in Cambridgeshire, September 2014), suicide is something that needs to be on everyone’s radar when working with young people.

As professionals, we need to realise every young person is at risk. There are certain things we can look out for that will indicate to us that certain young people are particularly vulnerable when it comes to suicide.

This programme will show you how to spot the signs of a young person at risk of suicide and, more importantly, to build confidence in professionals to talk openly with young people about suicide.