Thursday 10th September marks Suicide Prevention Day 2020, and now more than ever during the global pandemic, we need to help and support each other.
We know that there is an alarming and growing rate of suicides in young people, and as a Students' Union, we feel that it is our duty to educate our students so that we can collectively help each other, and prevent as many of these tragedies as possible.
This is why your Students' Union are asking ALL NEWMAN STUDENTS to spend just 5 minutes of their time to complete at least 1 of 3 modules on the Zero Suicide Alliance website.
These modules are completely FREE and what's more, if you screenshot your completion page or certificate, we will give you credits towards your Leadership & Development Programme Accreditation! To receive this accreditation, please send a screenshot of your certificate to Scarlet Moss, Employability & Voice Coordinator on: firstname.lastname@example.org .
We want EVERY Newman Student to have a basic level of Suicide Prevention Awareness so that we have an entire community that is ready to support others when they need it most...
There are three modules you can take, two are roughly 5 minutes long, while the third and more intense takes around 20 minutes to complete. They are:
Module 1: Step Up Module (5 Minutes)
The Step Up Module gives you a brief introduction to social isolation, and how to help someone who may be isolated. It covers how to adjust to the "new normal" following the Coronavirus and takes into account the changes in how many of us live and work.
Module 2: Gateway Module (5 Minutes)
This is a very brief introduction to Suicide Awareness where you could learn skills to help someone considering suicide. This module will give you tips on how to approach someone if you are worried that they may be considering taking their own life.
Module 3: ZSA Suicide Awareness Training (20 Minutes)
This is a more in depth Suicide Awareness Training session. it aims to give you the skills and confidence to help someone who may be considering suicide. It focuses on breaking the stigma and encouraging open conversations.
PLEASE REMEMBER, THAT WHILE WE WANT TO RAISE AWARENESS, BREAK THE STIGMA, AND KNOW HOW TO SPOT THE SIGNS, WE DON'T WANT STUDENTS TO FEEL LIKE THEY NEED TO BE A MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL. PLEASE DO NOT PUT YOURSELF OR OTHERS IN DANGER, AND ALWAYS CALL 999 IN AN EMERGENCY.
Newman Students' Union has made a significant effort this year to support the wellbeing of its students and its staff. Earlier this year, NSU signed up to and are accredited by the "Time to Change" campaign, rethinking how we view mental health, while also supporting staff to manage working from home with it's new approach to flexible working, which in turn will enable them to effectively help our students.
Please join us in our fight to improve the mental health of our community at Newman!
As of 16th June 2020, Newman Students' Union has been accredited as a Living Wage Employer.
Our Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at NSU receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.30 in the UK or £10.75 in London. Both rates are significantly higher than the government minimum for over 25s, which currently stands at £8.72 per hour.
Newman students’ Union stands with black lives matter.
Following the murder of George Floyd by Police officers in Minneapolis, America has said enough is enough and wants to take action against the racist systems which have allowed this to happen. People across the world have all come together in the fight to stand up and say black lives matter and stand up against racism and injustices. You should not have to live in fear because of the colour of your skin...
WE REFUSE TO BE SILENT ON THIS ISSUE!
Working from home, in theory, is great! No long commutes, tea and coffee readily available, being in for parcel deliveries; the positives are endless! For me personally, it allows me to support my partner in looking after our nearly 6 week old baby, BUT, is this the start of a slippery slope where we blur the lines of actually working from home, and are we at risk of being less productive, less responsive and more entangled in our everyday life that we can remove ourselves from when physically going into the office?
As part of its commitment to widening participation and diversifying its access and leadership, Newman Students' Union have secured sponsorship funding from Student Loan Company, Future Finance, to launch a "PT Officer Widening Participation Bursary" for 2020/21!
Signing the "Time to Change" Pledge; Mental Health at Newman Students' Union, My Journey and Forward Thinking!
I wanted to write this blog as General Manager of the Students' Union to demonstrate that if I can talk openly about Mental Health, then my staff and our students can too. Before I start to write about the "Time-to-Change" Pledge that was submitted today, I wanted to take time to say that this blog will be real, honest and contain my own personal struggles, so please, if anything, be kind.