World Suicide Prevention Day

10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day. In association with Kent County Council we invite you to an invaluable and vital free community awareness-raising event. At the Oaks Theatre in Knole Academy on Tuesday 10 September at 7pm we will be showing the powerful documentary ‘Steve’ followed by refreshments and a panel discussion hosted by leading experts.

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Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. 12 men every day. One of those men was director Ben Akers’ childhood best friend, Steve. The film follows Ben, as he tries to channel his own grief, on a journey to help all men understand and respect their mental health. Ben goes on a mission up and down the country to try to find some good from something so bad. He begins by talking to Steve’s family, then health professionals in the industry, and finally, ordinary men who are suffering – often in silence. From there he explores the solutions with people who are using their experiences to create positive change. Ultimately this is a film of hope, trying to push us all on from mental health awareness to mental health action.

Following the screening the panel of experts – including director Ben Akers –  will address your questions and concerns.

Ben Akers

Ben is a multi award winning documentary maker and problem solver. After 20 years in the ad industry, specialising in behaviour change, none of this seemed to matter when his childhood best friend took his own life. Ben needed to use his skills to stop the next Steve. After reading in an article that men in their 40’s watch sport and documentaries, Ben went on a mission, creating a film to help men help themselves. He also created (along with other members of the film’s cast and crew) a male mental fitness movement called Talk Club. Find out more on their Facebook page.

James Bailey

James trained as an Individual and Group Gestalt Psychotherapist and has been practicing for the past 13 years. He works privately and in the voluntary sector with West Kent Mind, where he has been a trustee for 10 years. James spent 30 years in UK and International media, and brings this understanding of the business world to his work with his clients. James is also a certified MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) Workplace Instructor working with organisations to provide essential understanding of the range of mental health challenges employees can develop in their time at work, and in their personal lives.

Nicole Capon

Nicole started working with mental health service users 18 years ago as a teacher of vocational subjects in settings, such as mental health hospitals, forensic units, supported housing projects and young offender’s institutions, as well as in mainstream further education colleges. She went on to manage a project for people with profound and complex disabilities and learning difficulties, and now teaches in a pupil referral unit and runs a training company training front line workers in mental health awareness, as well as providing teacher training qualifications.

Chris Morgan

Chris was an original member of the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) National Training Team in 2007 and one of the two founding working Directors of the MHFA England Community Interest Company in 2009. He has trained over 140 MHFA instructors in England and has delivered many MHFA courses to a wide range of audiences. He is also an ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) trainer, and has designed and delivered several other training courses in suicide prevention and mental health awareness. Chris delivers KCC-funded Youth Suicide Awareness and Protection workshops on behalf of West Kent Mind.

Priya Nagda-Swainson

Priya Nagda-SwainsonPriya Nagda-Swainson is a Community Suicide Prevention Worker with PAPYRUS. She delivers suicide awareness and suicide prevention training to a variety of organisations including schools, colleges and workplaces. Priya’s background is in the private sector encompassing media production and supporting entrepreneurs and start-ups The tragic loss of her cousin to suicide and the birth of her children led her to decide to turn her long running interest in mental health and the third sector into a reality.

Tim Woodhouse

Tim is the Suicide Prevention Programme Manager working on behalf of the Kent and Medway STP (Sustainability & Transformation Plan). He coordinates the Kent and Medway Suicide Prevention Multi-Agency Steering Group which includes a variety of agencies, charities and individuals affected by suicide. Tim has spearheaded KCC Public Health’s Release the Pressure campaign, which aims to reduce the number of suicides in Kent by encouraging anyone who is feeling under pressure to phone a free-phone helpline (with trained staff available 24 hours a day 7 days a week).

Signposting will be to organisations who can help anyone in need, as well as families, friends and wider support networks.

Please be aware that some of the content of the evening may be challenging.

When:  Tuesday, 10th September 2019 7pm-9.30pm
Where: Oaks Theatre, Knole Academy, Bradbourne Vale Road, Sevenoaks TN13 3LE
Tickets: Free – or at £5 or £10 if you’d like to make a donation (see below)

Release the Pressure bannerWest Kent Mind work tirelessly to provide education and training on suicide awareness, delivering workshops and courses throughout Kent. Since 2017 we have trained around 1500 individuals, a programme which we hope to further roll-out with your support. We are thankful to be delivering this training in conjunction with Kent County Council’s Public Health Team and support their “Release the Pressure” campaign.

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