Just to say thanks to Jane for delivering the course in a sensitive and supportive manner. Clearly, we covered quite a lot of content in a short space of time and this runs the risk of not having time to explore in depth and look at the interrelationships between issues. If anything, I think the morning session provided a few more opportunities to discuss ideas in pairs and groups- I think these types of activities can be very productive and feel more inclusive.
This course was very informative and useful not only in how to approach supporting a young person in a crisis situation, but in more general understanding and information around mental health. One comment I would say is that the intersection between mental health and gender identity/transgender people was not mentioned in the course or materials provided. There is a high suicide rate for transgender individuals and young people exploring gender identity or identifying as transgender/non-binary may be at increased risk, but the materials don't mention this at all - it's something to explore and develop for the future please! (Also wider LGBTQ+ intersections with mental health, as many of the young people I work with would benefit from their staff being knowledgeable about these risks and how best to support)