The City of Wolverhampton Council’s Public Health service and the Wolverhampton Suicide Prevention Stakeholder Forum have commissioned a series of suicide prevention training sessions for professionals and community groups.

They are being delivered by Kaleidoscope Plus Group with a choice of 9 sessions taking place over the coming weeks.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "There were over 5,200 deaths by suicide in England and Wales in 2020 – that’s the equivalent of 14 every day. 

“The council and its partners are committed to tackling stigma around mental health and suicide, and to highlight the help and support which is available to people who are going through a troubling period in their lives.

"We are offering suicide awareness training to professionals or members of local community organisations, mainly aimed at those who communicate face to face with members of the general public, to give them a better understanding of how they can identify warning signs and how they can offer help and support to people who may be feeling suicidal."

There are online sessions taking place tomorrow (Wednesday 2 March) from 12pm to 4.30pm, Wednesday 16 March from 10am to 2.30pm, and Thursday 7 April from 9am to 1.30pm.

Face to face sessions are taking place at Wildside Activity Centre, Hordern Road, on Friday 18 March from 10am to 2pm, at Paycare House, George Street, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 30 March to 1 April, each from 10am to 2pm, and at St Mary's Parish Hall, Snow Hill, on Thursdays 14 and 21 April from 10am to 2pm.

Spaces are limited and people are advised to book early. Delegates will receive support resources to take away and a certificate of attendance. For more details, please visit The Kaleidoscope Group