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Suicide: How to support during crisis moments

Supporting someone – a student or colleague – who is suicidal may feel daunting, but you can make a difference with some small actions. Dr Pooky Knightsmith explains

Suicide is a topic that feels taboo and as such it is something that many people feel ill-equipped to respond to.

It might feel like something that won’t touch your life. However, working in a school it is perfectly possible that you might find yourself in the situation where you can save the life of a student or staff member by responding well enough in a crisis moment.

A little knowledge, and a dose of confidence, can go a long way – so in this article I want to share some simple ideas to help you step up to the mark during crisis moments.

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