March 2024

News In Brief

The Brighton Marathon

The Molly Rose Foundation has three runners representing the charity at the Brighton Marathon on Sunday 7 April.

Diggory Slee will be running alongside Molly’s sisters Alice and Rebecca in the UK’s third biggest marathon.

You can donate to Diggory, Alice and Rebecca’s fundraising pages online.

Suicide First Aid training

This month saw the first delivery of our new Suicide First Aid course; a one-day programme for organisations and communities on how to have a three-step conversation that could save a life.

Our trainers take participants through a safety guide which begins with recognising possible signs and telling the person at risk what you’ve noticed and why you are concerned.

Showing you care by taking time to listen and learn about what is causing their pain forms the next stage, during which you learn how to help that person understand that now may not be the best time to make a major decision.

The final stage of this vital outreach sees the creation of a safety plan to help that individual cope and to protect them from any threats to their safety so that they have a chance to get the help they need.

The course now comes with optional accredited/ assured parts which can earn you an E-Certificate from City & Guilds worth 6 NQF Credits at Level 4.

The MRF also continues to offer Mental Health First Aid and training for Youth Mental Health First Aid Champions.

Public speaking

March and April will also see MRF Advisor Andy Burrows speak at the Medicine and Society event at the Queen Mary University in London.

Andy will discuss mental health issues in a real world setting to second year medical students, alongside a number of other expert speakers, including the Paediatric Mental Health Association.

He’ll also be talking about MRF’s research in partnership with Bright Initiative by Bright Data, which reveals significant fundamental failings by leading social media giants in handling self-harm and suicide content.

Andy will underscore the importance of further academic research into internet-related suicide and self-harm risk factors, alongside the importance of building up awareness of these factors in clinical practice.

If you’re struggling just text MRF to 85258 so you can speak to a trained volunteer from Shout, the UK’s Crisis Text Line service

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