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Schools need to talk openly about suicide.

Schools need to talk openly about suicide.

If schools don't follow in the footsteps of mental health charities and talk openly, honestly and directly about suicide, vulnerable young people will slip under the radar, writes the former government mental health champion
 

Without question, the hardest thing about training to support people struggling with theirmental health is unlearning almost every instinctual response you have (particularly if you’re British and are predisposed to attempt to solve every problem with a cup of tea). 

I am by nature a problem-solver. Apparently, I get this from my dad – people used to queue at his market stall in the late 1970s not to buy his bargains, but to ask for his advice, which he’d dispense in his trademark, no-nonsense manner.

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