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Suicide First Aid Lite Training

Naval Veterans

Tonic Music for Mental Health are inviting up to 20 Naval Veterans and their families* to attend a FREE Suicide First Aid Lite (City & Guilds assured) course and follow up six-week support group or six counselling sessions.

Why Naval Veterans and their families?

TONIC is a Portsmouth-based charity and as a proud naval city, we wanted to provide free training and support to Naval Veterans and their families (all participants need to be 50 or over*). We recognise the navy is a community that is often affected by suicide, and in response, TONIC felt offering Suicide First Aid training along with support, would benefit this community.

The Aim

The aim of the course is to help Naval Veterans and their families with suicide intervention skills that can be applied when an‭ ‬individual is thinking about‭, ‬planning or attempting suicide‭. ‬It is hoped this will benefit the wider community in Portsmouth‭, ‬as a single suicide is estimated to affect as many as 135‭ ‬people known to the individual‭. ‬

When and where?

The Suicide First Aid Lite course will be facilitated via Zoom by our qualified Suicide First Aid associate tutor. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance and course materials to take home.

Support Group

There is a follow-up support group (six-week) for up to 14 participants to share their experiences with fellow Naval Veterans and their families. It is hoped this will encourage Naval Veterans and their families to talk about mental health, including any situations in which they employ suicide intervention skills.

Counselling Sessions

Alternatively, there are six spaces available for participants to receive online or telephone counselling with a Humanistic Counsellor. Each participant can receive up to six sessions each.

*Please note: If you are already receiving mental health support, such as counselling or psychotherapy (or on a waiting list), you are not eligible to attend this course or support sessions or counselling sessions. Participants (Veterans and family members) need to be 50 years old or over to be eligible for this course. Participants can only attend either the support group or receive counselling sessions, not both. Places for the Support Group and Counselling Sessions will be allocated to participants of the Suicide First Aid Lite course initially. Counselling Sessions are available on a first come, first served basis. If you book a place, but you do not attend the Suicide First Aid Lite course, you will forfeit your place for the Counselling Sessions.

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Suicide First Aid Lite course

The Suicide First Aid Lite course will be facilitated via Zoom by Jade Hughes, our qualified Suicide First Aid associate tutor. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance and course materials to take home. Date and time to be confirmed.

Follow Up Session

You will be invited to a follow up Support Group a week or two after the course date to share your experiences and will run for six weeks on the same day/time. Date, time and facilitator to be confirmed.

Counselling Sessions

Alternatively, if you would like to receive six counselling sessions, these will be arranged a week or two after the course date, with the day/time arranged with the counsellor.

These are available on a first come‭, ‬first served basis‭. ‬If you book a space on the Suicide First Aid Lite and do not attend‭, ‬you will forfeit your place for the Counselling Sessions‭.‬

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