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Positive Choices scheme has positive effects for suicide

Positive Choices scheme has positive effects for suicide
20th February 2012

A scheme to help people identify those at risk of suicide and discuss the matter has been shown to have positive results in Wales.

Mental health charity Mind's Positive Choices programme has increased the willingness of people to discuss and combat suicide and self-harm.

The Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training helps people spot the signs that somebody is considering suicide and gives them the skills to talk about it.

Following the course, 97 per cent of participants claimed to feel more prepared to help a person dealing with suicidal thoughts.

A follow-up study revealed that 73 per cent of people had also used their newly acquired skills to help somebody.

It is hoped that the scheme will help those experiencing mental health problems receive the help and support they need.

The training will be specifically beneficial for those in roles with a high level of public interaction, such as teachers and nurses.

Read about support and personalised care at Barchester care homes for anyone with mental health concerns.