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SPIIOW – the Isle of Wight’s Suicide Prevention and Intervention organisation – has received £3,000 of funding from the Hampshire & the Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) to deliver its ‘Suicide Safer Schools’ programme in secondary schools across the Island.

Suicide Prevention and Intervention Isle of Wight is a not for profit organisation dedicated to preventing suicide among children, young people and adults. The organisation strongly believe that many young suicides are preventable. They want to reach out to ensure that Island schools and the Isle of Wight College can be as ready as possible to prevent a suicide within the community.

Sarah Adams of Suicide Prevention & Intervention IOW says:

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“Suicide is a difficult topic and one that hopefully never crosses the minds in schools. The reality, however, is that it does cross the minds of many young people. In fact, suicide is the leading cause of death among young people and in children the numbers are alarmingly high. Over 200 school children are lost to suicide every year in the UK.

“Safeguarding is everyone’s business and is not just the responsibility of Directors of Children’s Services, Local Children’s Safeguarding Boards, Headteachers, Governors and Safeguarding Leads. In the same way, SPI IOW believes that suicide prevention is everybody’s business and that we all can play a role in preventing young suicide in schools or college settings”.

Thanks to the recent funding boost, a 90-minute suicide awareness session will be delivered that helps participants understand the issue of suicide and how they can help to prevent it in their communities. It will also cover why people experience thoughts of suicide, encourages open discussion about suicide and attitudes toward it and explores ways people can help to prevent suicide.

Places are limited per school and should be applied for in writing to Sarah Adams at [email protected] with the subject ‘Safer Schools’.


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