This Sunday, 10th September, is World Suicide Prevention Day. To mark HeadStart's support, we have recorded a podcast bringing together the thoughts of a panel made up of a national expert in child mental health, and a group of young people who work for HeadStart as apprentices or as with us as part of our HeadStart Ambassador programme. The members of the panel were:
- Dr. Pooky Knightsmith. Pooky directs the children, young people and schools programme at the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, a charity that provides fully-funded mental health training to schools. She is also the vice-chair and education lead for the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition, formed of over 100 UK charities working together to set the agenda for young people’s mental health in the UK and beyond. Pooky is also a keynote speaker at our HeadStart Conference on October 3rd. (We spoke to Pooky over Skype, so apologies if the audio quality is not ideal). You can follow Pooky on Twitter at @PookyH.
- Amelia Chalak, HeadStart Apprentice
- Emerson Morris, HeadStart Apprentice
- Megan, one of our HeadStart Ambassadors
In the podcast, our panel discuss a range of issues related to how adults and organisations can support young people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts or at risk of doing so:
- What kinds of factors do you think leads young people to the point where suicide feels like an option?
- How should schools and other organisations talk to young people about suicide as an issue?
- How can young people support one another? What warning signs might they see in friends?
- What could schools or other organisations do to support young people who are depressed, or at risk of suicide?
- What role do you think technology (including social media) can play, both positive and negative?
We hope that you find the podcast to be a valuable contribution to this critical issue. Suicide is the second most common cause of death for 15-19 year olds in the UK; we must do everything we can to support young people who are at risk.
Please share the podcast on social media, and join the conversation by submitting comments below. You can subscribe to future episodes of the HeadStart podcast on iTunes or in your favourite podcast app using this RSS link.
Show notes / links:
- World Suicide Prevention Day
- Pooky's seminar on talking to students at risk of suicide
- In a crisis situation involving a young person who has suicidal thoughts or who is making statements indicating they intend to harm themselves, please contact The Samaritans on 116 123 or ChildLine on 0800 1111. In extreme situations, call 999.