Developed in partnership with NHS Forth Valley "talk to me" is an early intervention suicide prevention strategy that aims to reduce risk and identifies Braes as a suicide safe community where students and staff can talk freely and find support with mental health.
All staff at Braes and volunteer students received training in LivingWorks Suicide Talk programme. Staff and student volunteers willing to act as "talk to me" supporters can be identified by their light green lanyards, badges or by signage on classroom doors. All students are made aware of these supports during Assembly, through Pastoral lessons and via posters around the school and social media.
Our "talk to me" Mental Health Mentors run a drop in base every break and lunch in the Medical Suite office where pupils can go to talk about mental health and get support as needed. Students also offer one to one support on a more long term basis through a referral process to their Pastoral Head and developed by our MHAP class.
"talk to me" training is offered every year to staff, Senior students and Parents/Carers to ensure that we as a community provide the skills to support our young people and work together to prevent suicide.