Date: 21 May, 2020

Zero Suicide Alliance

Relias’ instructional design team is working with mental health experts at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust to develop a custom training course on the topic of isolation.

Building on Relias’ work as official training partner of the Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA), the new module will be a new addition to the ZSA’s range of digital learning tools around suicide prevention and mental health.

The short online course will respond to the changes in work and life patterns caused by COVID-19, acknowledging that people may find it challenging to adjust to the ‘new normal’ – during lockdown and beyond. It will teach how to identify when someone might be struggling with their mental health as a result, and how to reach out and support them. As well as suggesting signs you can look for in others that may suggest their mental well-being is at risk, it will also provide strategies for practising self-care and staying connected with family and friends.

Like the 20-minute and 10-minute suicide prevention courses Relias has already built for the Alliance, the new isolation module will be available to everyone everywhere and will be free to take online. It will be released soon (date tbc) and will be accessible via the ZSA website.

Justine Maher, ZSA Programme Manager at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“Without our usual social connections, people are more vulnerable to anxiety, depression and even suicide. Continued isolation increases the risk and can leave a person feeling emotionally paralysed and unable to reach out for help.

We want to teach how to identify when someone in isolation is struggling and how to connect with them and support them before they spiral downwards into crisis. We’re pleased to be working with our training partner Relias on building this important complement to our suicide prevention courses.”

The new module will remain relevant after we emerge from lockdown, as it will touch on the potential emotional after-effects of the current situation and is also designed to be a helpful tool for addressing feelings of loneliness and isolation that can occur in normal daily life beyond the context of the pandemic.

Commenting on the project, Managing Director of Relias Stefan Herm said:

“The world we live in has changed dramatically due to the COVID-19 virus. Working with the Zero Suicide Alliance in its mission to respond to these unprecedented changes, by designing and building digital learning which guides people in how to look out for one another, connect with and support each other, is something the Relias team is very pleased and proud to be able to do.”

About Relias

Relias is a global leader in the provision of digital learning solutions for healthcare, and has been at the forefront of training for mental health care since 2002. The company is trusted by 10,000+ clients globally, nearly 2,000 of which are mental health care providers.

The Relias mission is to “measurably improve the lives of the most vulnerable members of society and those who care for them.” In alignment with that mission, the company provides a range of mental health courses for healthcare professionals in its online library, as well as offering bespoke course development opportunities.

In addition to being the official training partner of the Zero Suicide Alliance, Relias has just built a series of 12 learning modules for Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England which train line managers from all industries in supporting the mental wellbeing of their team members including those working from home. Find out more on that project here.

About the Zero Suicide Alliance

The Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA) is a collaboration of National Health Service trusts, charities, businesses and individuals who are all committed to suicide prevention in the UK and beyond. It is an alliance of people and organisations coming together around one basic principle: that suicide is preventable.

The ZSA is ultimately concerned with improving support for people contemplating suicide by raising awareness of, and promoting free suicide prevention training which is accessible to all. The aims of the training are to: enable people to identify when someone is presenting with suicidal thoughts/behaviour, to be able to speak out in a supportive manner, and to empower them to signpost the individual to the correct services or support.

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