Our charity has been involved in the prevention of suicide and promotion of better mental health for just over three years. Prior to formally being incorporated as a SCIO, a smaller association ran for several years dealing primarily with suicide prevention. Our charity is a facilitator-led peer to peer support group trying to get people to talk about suicide in the hope that talking about the subject can help with feelings of isolation and hopelessness and ultimately prevent suicides from taking place. Initially our charity ran a group for men as there were a number of suicides in the town, and it was felt this was where there was most need for more openness on the subject. Subsequently a women’s group was also formed, and we now have several other groups running weekly.
More recently we have been running events and classes to promote better mental wellbeing in an effort to promote mental health and reduce suicidal thoughts. We also provide training in mental health first aid to local groups and individuals to give others the skills needed to help those suffering with poor mental health.
The Board is seeking to recruit new Trustees to the Board. We are particularly interested to hear from those with relevant experience with mental health and suicide prevention or third sector working. Trustees with expertise and experience in different aspects of our work, including health and social care, human resources, and finance, as well as people with experience of using mental health services play a key part in leading our charity forward.
Our board tries to meet monthly, but this can occasionally be less. Meetings usually last around 2 hours and are held at our premises. Meetings can also be attended virtually as happened during the pandemic.
Trustees are responsible to the Board. Each Trustee must meet the Charitable Trustee Legal Duty (OSCR).
Trustees will be offered induction and access to other training or learning relevant to the role. Suicide prevention training includes, safeTALK, ASIST and Scottish mental health first aid.
We are committed to creating an environment where everyone can contribute and reach their full potential regardless of individual characteristics or circumstances. We welcome Board member applications from all suitable candidates regardless of gender, race, disability, religion, or belief.
Applications to join the Board as a Trustee should be submitted by email to email@example.com
Successful applicants will initially be co-opted to the Board and then confirm at the AGM.