Welfare reform and suicidal behaviour

It’s been reported that welfare reform has been a contributory factor to the suicides of at least 20 people recently. Unsurprisingly, there is concern among health professionals, charities and claimants over the impact welfare reform is having on the mental health of some of Britain's most vulnerable people.

Welfare reform and suicidal behaviour

Welfare reform and suicidal behaviour The growing number of tragic stories reflects the extreme despair many claimants feel. Benefit claimants, including those with all forms of disabilities, may experience uncertainty, stress, anxiety and a sense of unfairness.

Many staff are ill-equipped to deal with vulnerable customers who, when they realise there is no safety net for them, ask: “What am I supposed to do? How am I supposed to live?”

We need to ensure staff are highly trained and can give and get the right support for vulnerable people under pressure. Staff cannot be left wondering what happened to that customer after the phone goes silent.

This introductory course will help you to understand how to work effectively with people who demonstrate suicidal tendencies. Delegates will also have the opportunity to explore their own feelings around this topic and how to work with these.

Course content

  • Identify myths and facts about suicide
  • Gain increased awareness of the incidence and profile of suicidal behaviour
  • Be aware of the signs and signals of suicidal behaviour
  • Identify risk factors for suicidal behaviour
  • Identify helpful responses to presentations of suicidal behaviour
  • Be aware of sources of help.
Learning will be supported by case scenarios, group working and discussion.
Who should attend?
This course is suitable for all people working within a variety of housing, health, social care and support housing roles, including frontline staff, team leaders and managers who may be working with vulnerable clients who are at risk of suicide.

Lisa Redwood

Mental health Lisa Redwood

Lisa Redwood has extensive experience working in the health and social care sector. She has a 25 years career in social work, mental health, housing, high risk offenders, substance misuse, complex needs and safeguarding. 

Lisa has been a freelance trainer/consultant since 2006 managing her own company supporting providers across the UK to improve their practice.

As well as working freelance Lisa has held the role of safeguarding and mental health specialist for a housing association in Somerset since 2015, providing all aspects of training and policy work regarding safeguarding and mental health.

training track record

HQN has a track record of helping organisations achieve real and lasting performance improvements. If you are interested in accessing this training package, please contact us by emailing training@hqnetwork.co.uk