Nightline Association

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Nightlines offer a confidential and anonymous support and information service throughout the night, when other student welfare services are usually closed and when students need it most. Nightlines are run by students for students offering a unique peer-to-peer service for the student population.

Nightline Association’s mission is to raise the quality, profile, availability, and accessibility of Nightline services so that every student is aware of, and has access to, confidential emotional peer support, as well as the opportunity to volunteer for a Nightline. Our vision is for every student in higher to have access to the support offered by volunteer led Nightline services so that:

  • every student is able to talk about their feelings in a safe, non-judgmental environment
  • fewer students have their education compromised by emotional difficulties
  • fewer students die by suicide.

There are currently 42 Nightlines covering 113 institutions and reaching 1.8 million students. Nightline services are delivered by 2000+ student volunteers and Nightline Association delivers its support via 80+ volunteers and one paid full-time member of staff.

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Organisation Details

Address c/o London Nightline, University of London Union, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY
Website www.nightline.ac.uk
Twitter @NightlineAssoc
Facebook NightlineAssociation

How does your organisation contribute to preventing suicide and supporting those affected by it?

our vision is for every student in higher and further education to have access to the support offered by volunteer led Nightline services so that:

  • every student is able to talk about their feelings in a safe, non-judgmental environment;
  • fewer students have their education compromised by emotional difficulties;
  • fewer students die by suicide.

Our role in suicide prevention is to ensure that our 2000+ student volunteers running and delivering Nightline services have ongoing access to the tools, knowledge and skills required to ensure that they can respond confidently and competently to callers expressing suicidal thoughts. We work to ensure that they feel supported and that they are aware and up to date regarding developments in suicide prevention work and that they can develop appropriate policies and procedures.

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What are your current priorities?

Ensure Nightlines deliver a consistent, high-quality service by regularly reviewing our Good Practice Guidelines and helping all affiliated Nightlines to adopt good practice and gain accreditation.

Organise training conferences, provide a range of development opportunities for Nightline volunteers and facilitate the sharing of good practice.

Develop bespoke suicide calls training in partnership with experts in the field to roll out across the Nightline community.

Build strong strategic alliances with organisations which share our interests

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What challenges are you currently facing?

Securing sufficient funds to run the ongoing programme of training events to ensure that all our student volunteers have access to support they need including suicide calls training and to achieve and maintain Good Practice Guidelines accreditation.

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