The Programme provides funding for a package of four wellbeing and suicide prevention talks and training that educational settings can access, covering suicide prevention skills and knowledge, how to manage stress, anxiety and loneliness, goals to improve resilience and wellbeing and safeguarding.
Suicide is a major public health issue and a leading cause of deaths in the UK. It is reported that 500 young people died by suicide in 2020, with 7% attempting suicide and 1 in 4 admitted to self-harming. Suicide is the biggest cause of deaths in under 45's. It is widely recognised that part of the problem is the stigma attached to mental health issues which prevents young people from seeking help. Access to state help is limited and sporadic and many young people feel abandoned by the system.
The Oli Leigh Legacy Funding Programme enables young people and adults in educational settings to access fully funded suicide prevention and wellbeing training that will help reduce the stigma around discussing mental wellbeing issues and allow dissemination of knowledge through society. This programme will help both young people in crisis themselves, peers, families and friends and those who have a responsibility towards others. This is state-of-the-art training accessible to all for free.