The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

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The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust aims to:

·         Equip young people to look after their mental wellbeing

·         Help people to recognise the signs of depression in themselves and others so that they know when to seek help

·         Ensure expert and evidence based help is available when people need it

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Organisation Details

Address 16a High Street
Thatcham
Berkshire
RG19 3JD
Website www.cwmt.org.uk
Twitter @CharlieWtrust

How would you describe your organisation's role in contributing to the delivery of NSPA’s outcomes to reducing suicide and improving support for those bereaved or affected by suicide?

We meet our aims by:

·         Delivering talks to young people 

·         Through our Students Against Depression website – www.studentsagainstdepression.org

·         Training teachers and other professionals to identify and support those with depression

·         Supporting research and teaching in evidence-based therapies at the Charlie Waller Institute at the University of Reading

What are the current challenges to delivering NSPA’s outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

For schools, the current OFSTED inspection framework is too focused on attainment and therefore it is difficult for schools to devote time and resources to building the resilience and emotional wellbeing that may protect against suicide.

What are your organisation’s priority actions for the next 12 months, to contribute to the reduction of suicide and improved support for those bereaved or affected by suicide, and which address the challenges you have set out?

Improve Resilience and Emotional Wellbeing in Schools

Our focus is on prevention of mental ill health and the risk of suicide that this can bring by focusing on training in schools and other youth settings to raise awareness, encourage discussion and for people to have access to appropriate help when they need it.

Training GPs

Training GPs will remain a priority and the Trust plans to expand capacity in this area, working closely with GP Vocational Training Schemes.  We have recruited a Practice Nurse to deliver tailored training on mental health which can be cascaded to other nurses.

Developing new resources

The Trust intends to develop new resources, including a Model Policy for Social and Emotional Wellbeing in Schools, and a guide on self harm.

Improve our Students Against Depression website

We will continue to improve our Students Against Depression website as an effective and interactive self-help resource.  In partnership with counselling and mental health services in universities we will develop training for staff, to support them in providing an early response to students who are beginning to suffer from mental health problems.