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Help save a life on World Suicide Prevention Day

Sefton residents  are being urged to give up just 20 minutes of their time to take free suicide prevention training and help save a life.

Across the UK around 6,000 people die by suicide each year and every one has a huge impact on the people impacted by it and the emotional and social effects are enormous.

Sefton Council is now urging businesses to roll out training developed by the Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA).

It coincides with World Suicide Prevention day (10 September) and comes from the Cheshire and Merseyside NO MORE Suicide Partnership Board (a collaboration of partners working to prevent suicide) and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust – a member of the ZSA.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “The NO MORE Suicide Partnership Board has a vision for Cheshire and Merseyside where suicide is eliminated and people are supported at a time of crisis.

 “We aim to be a Suicide Safer Community accredited region and the more people who take this training, the more support we will have in ensuring that our vision becomes a reality.”

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “This is a life-saving initiative and we want to see as many people as possible complete this training over the next few months and come together on World Mental Health Day (10 October) to celebrate our success.

“The training is simple and effective and can be done anywhere, anytime, on any device, by simply logging on to the website.”

The ZSA, has developed a free, online suicide prevention course by using expertise from clinicians and those with personal experience to offer advice and provide real life scenarios to illustrate how best to approach a difficult conversation with someone who is struggling.

You can access the training here: www.zerosuicidealliance.com

World Suicide Prevention day marks the beginning of 30 Days of Sefton in Mind. The campaign aims to keep a conversation about mental health at the forefront in the 30 Days that fall between World Suicide Prevention Day and World Mental Health Day (October 10). Follow the hashtag #30DaysofSeftonInMind to get involved.

Are you duathlon ready?

Active Workforce is preparing for this year’s Duathlon at Litherland Sports Park!

Taking place on Wednesday 3 October, the Duathlon will consist of a 1.5k run, followed by a 5k cycle and ending with another 1.5k run. This is a great opportunity to try a sporting challenge that you might not have tried before and participants can run or walk at their own pace.

Open to those aged 16 and over of any ability, entries cost £10 per participant or £7.50 to any employees of the 10 Active Workforce companies.

Changing rooms, showers and lockers will be available and water and refreshments will be provided after the race. There will also be limited bike hire, please inform Active Workforce if you’ll need a bike upon registration.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “The Active Workforce offer just keeps growing and it’s amazing that we’re able to offer events like the Duathlon in Sefton.

“I encourage residents to try something new and give the duathlon a go!”

To sign up for the Duathlon email active.workforce@sefton.gov.uk. Entries close Friday, 28 September.

Part of Sefton Council’s leisure offering, Active Workforce provides opportunities for fitness and wellbeing both in and out of the workplace.

To find out more about Active Workforce visit www.sefton.gov.uk/activeworkforce

Crosby Scouts create ‘secret’ garden to help people with mental health issues

Young Sefton residents have ‘adopted’ a stretch of the Leeds Liverpool Canal in an effort to help people with mental health issues.

Scouts from the Thornton based, 4th Crosby & District St William of York group have helped to transform the location by organising litter-picks and planting flowers. They invite locals who may have mental health problems to join them in the hope that they may be encouraged to talk openly or simply to get outside and enjoy the space.

Working in partnership with other agencies, including: The Canal & River Trust, The Desmond Family Canoe Trail, Mind and Merseyside Police,  the scouts pledged to create a space where people could go and talk.

The project formed part of ‘A Million Hands, a national initiative that has encourage half a million scouts to work together to make a difference in their local community.

The adopted section can be found near Rimrose Valley Country Park in Litherland, not far from the bridge by Kirkstone Road West. 

If you or your organisation would like to get involved in the project, please contact Catherine Ashcroft – 4th Crosby & District Scout Group (St William of York): gsl4thCrosby@live.co.uk

Aquathlon heads back to Southport!

Sefton Council’s Active Workforce team are excited to bring it’s successful Aquathlon challenge back to Southport – and it’s open for everyone.

On Sunday, September 9, the Aquathlon event will consist of a 250m swim at Dunes Splashworld, followed by a 2.5km run around Victoria Park.

The race will start in waves from 9am onwards and costs just £15 per entry. Active Workforce members pay a reduced rate of £10. Participants can also complete the event as a relay team of two, with one person completing the swim and the other completing the run.  

To register your place call the team on 0151 934 2079 or email active.workforce@sefton.gov.uk. Payments can be taken securely over the phone with credit or debit card details or alternatively at Dunes leisure centre reception.

Bullybusters’ Top Tips for Returning to School

It’s September and it’s back to school!  Here’s Bullybusters’ top tips for returning to school – whether you’re starting a  new school or going into a new year.  It’s great advice too for parents too who are looking for the best way to support  their children. 

Get to know the staff at your school 

It’s important to know who your learning mentor, pastoral support and head  of year are when returning to school. Getting to know the staff will make things much easier if you ever need to speak to them for any help or guidance throughout the school year. 

Remember your “Safe hands” 

Bullybusters are very passionate about talking about the idea of “Safe Hands”. These are the 5 people you can count off on one hand that you can trust and speak to when you’re in need of help.  Ideally at least 3 of them should be adults over 18.  For example you could have 3 teachers at school to choose from so there is always someone you could speak to.  The other 2 could be a friend, a sibling or even a pet. You can also use your “Safe Hands” at home when considering who to go to for help. 

Don’t be a Bystander  

The Bullybusters team often hear how no one wants to be a “snitch”. However, there’s a difference between being a ‘snitch’ and telling an adult what you have seen so that person can be helped. If you’re snitching on someone it’s to get them in trouble. Even if you feel as though you can’t tell the teacher, go and ask that person if they are okay and see if there is anything you can do. Encourage them to ask for some help.  

Use the 4 W’s 

If you witness bullying in the classroom or the playground, use the 4 W’s to tell an adult about it: 

Who was it? What happened? Where did it happen? When did it happen?

 Don’t blame yourself, it’s never your fault  – Always look to seek help and support if you are being bullied or having a hard time for whatever reason. Talking to someone about what is happening is the best way to resolve the issue.

Use Bullybusters’ Website and Helpline

The Bullybusters’ Website tells you all about the support available from Bullybusters as well as helpful and practical tips.

The Bullybuster’s helpline is open from 3 – 6pm Monday to Friday for children and young people, parents and teachers – 08001696928. 

Bullybusters is an anti-bullying initiative funded by Liverpool, Sefton and Knowsley Council to deliver lessons,   assemblies and an anti-bullying helpline. It is operated by the charity, Local Solutions.

 

 

 

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