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Psychology Students and Lecturers Put Their Best Foot Forward for Suicide Prevention Charity

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Psychology students and lecturers from the University of Worcester showed their support for a mental health awareness and suicide prevention charity by taking part in a charity walk earlier this month.

In all, 15 students and staff members from the University completed the ten-mile ‘Walking Out of Darkness’ event through London for the CLASP (Counselling Life Advice Suicide Prevention) organisation, raising over £1100 for the charity.

The charity is the first in the country to focusing solely on the stigma of mental and stress-related illness, emotional life traumas and suicide, and is being supported by the University of Worcester, which is working with a number of partners locally on the Suicide Safer initiative.

Dr Tim Jones, Head of Psychology at the University and one of those to take part in the walk, says: “Walking alongside our students to help raise awareness of the stigma associated with mental health and supporting CLASP charity was exceptionally humbling.

“Our students live the values of compassion and in doing so help to highlight the importance of talking about mental health and suicide openly.”

The Suicide Safer initiative, which was launched last month, is designed to ensure students at the University who have mental health problems get the support they need early, before their emotional wellbeing deteriorates.

Ben Gibbons, an MSc Applied Psychology student at the University of Worcester and a trustee of CLASP, helped to organise the student and staff participation in the event.

He added: “CLASP Charity strives for a fantastic cause, a cause that is close to my heart and in an area of psychology that I am pursuing as a career.

“The walk was the first of its kind in the UK and it really was a great picture to see a group of people walking together for mental health awareness and suicide prevention. Moreover, walking alongside staff and students from the Psychology department at the University was a proud moment in itself and I really must thank Dr Tim Jones and colleagues for supporting me in the organisation of this event.

“As a trustee of CLASP charity alongside Dr Jones and Dr Derek Farrell, I am excited to continue supporting the charity in its development and further the work of its Founder, Kenny Johnston, in creating awareness for such a worthy cause.”

The University of Worcester will be hosting its next Open Events on October 31 and November 1. For more information, or to book a place, visit the Open Day pages.