Relias was proud to represent the Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA) at the Engage Awards ceremony in central London on Monday 12th November. 147 finalist organisations from variety of sectors gathered for an evening highlighting excellence in customer and employee engagement across 16 categories.
The ZSA was announced winner of ‘Best Use of Training’ and Managing Director Deanna Roepke and Marketing Manager Dee Enright took to the stage to receive the award. This recognises the ZSA’s achievement in delivering outstanding suicide prevention training which Relias custom-built in partnership with mental health experts at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.
About the Award
The ‘Best Use of Training’ award is for the organisation that ‘can best demonstrate how it has used training to help make advances in the field of customer and/or employee engagement. The training strategy or programme implementation must be measurable, sustainable and have made a positive contribution to the performance and/or productivity of the organisation’. Other finalists in this category were BT, Royal Bank of Scotland, Jardine Motors Group, and the RNLI.
Collecting the award, Managing Director of Relias Deanna Roepke said:
“We’re so pleased to accept the Engage Award for ‘Best Use of Training’ for the Zero Suicide Alliance tonight. We’re honoured to be here on behalf of the many people who contributed to the course. It’s incredibly rewarding to see everyone’s intentions brought to life and now being recognised in this way. This valuable recognition can only serve to raise awareness, to get more people taking the course and having potentially life-saving conversations with others who might be at risk.”
Joe Raffery, Chief Executive of Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust and a Founder Member of the Zero Suicide Alliance, said:
“I’m delighted that the Zero Suicide Alliance has achieved such success to date for their commitment to ending suicide in the UK. Suicide remains a major problem in the UK with over 6,000 deaths a year and it’s great to see the Zero Suicide Alliance being recognised for tackling this problem.
The ZSA online training, built with Relias, is a brilliant example of the NHS working with a commercial partner, sharing knowledge and skills in order to make this valuable training programme freely available to save lives.”
About the Zero Suicide Alliance
Someone takes their own life in the UK every 90 minutes. The ZSA is a new collaborative of around half of all NHS mental health trusts, other health sector organisations, local government, charitable enterprises and community groups, brought together by the common goal of making an impact on this shocking statistic.
To achieve this, the ZSA encourages people to take part in a free, online suicide prevention training course, built and powered by official training partner Relias.
By encouraging as many people as possible to watch the potentially life-saving, 20-minute course, the ZSA aims to give everyone the skills necessary to help others who may be having suicidal thoughts. The course provides real-life scenarios and interviews with people who have lived through the impact of suicide. It teaches how to identify if someone is struggling, how to approach a conversation with them about it, and how to signpost them to the right help.
The training is available to everyone via the ZSA website. At time of writing, it has been viewed almost 100,000 times since its launch this time last year.
Relias provides digital learning for health and social care professionals. The Relias company mission – to measurably improve the lives of the most vulnerable members of society and those who care for them – is perfectly aligned with the aims of the ZSA. Originating in the US, Relias is the leading provider of online training for mental health, with a 16-year history of specialisation in this field.
Now also in the UK and working with the NHS, Relias is the ideal training partner to the ZSA due to this long-term focus on achieving a profound impact on mental health outcomes through the power of good training. In the Alliance, Relias joins like-minded partners compassionately driven to eradicate suicide in the UK.