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ABM Supporting Conference on Suicide in the Security Industry

Ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day (10th September), ABM will be joining other founding member of the Security Consortium for Suicide Prevention (SCSP) at a conference in London to consider strategies for preventing unnecessary loss of life within the security industry.

Launched earlier this year with ABM’s support, the SCSP is a network of security organisations in the public and private sector working as a consortium to prevent suicide. Guided by professionals on the topic including the Samaritans and academic experts in suicidology. SCSP exists to channel resources and knowledge from the corporate world towards resolving the social issue of suicide; creating a shared responsibility for the prevention of suicide.

The conference on 8th September will see representatives of ABM’s security business sharing the vital work being done within the company’s security division as well as the wider business. The conference will present an environment designed for idea sharing and discussion.  

Chris Middleton, Security and Client Services Director, says: “We are proud to be a part of the formation of SCSP and to have signed the consortium covenant, expressing our commitment to helping prevent suicide in collaboration with our industry peers.

“As the world emerges from the pandemic but continues to face challenging times, this has never been more important. Our team members work amongst the public every day and we understand the positive role that they can play in identifying those who are struggling with poor mental health and dealing with critical situations. Furthermore, ensuring our own team members are supported through difficult times is of the utmost importance.”

In March, ABM introduced a mental health first aid training programme across its aviation and business and industry divisions. The investment was one of the first of its kind in the industry and was created in partnership with TalkOut, a market-leading change and development platform dedicated to creating great experiences at work.  

The training programme equips team members, such as security officers, train station cleaning teams and those working in airports and shopping centres, with the right skills when faced with difficult situations while working.  The investment has seen 75 team members across the ABM UK business trained in mental health first aid.  

The very definition of security is the state of being free from danger or threat. As a community of people dedicated to protecting others we have an opportunity to use our expertise to tackle the issue of suicide

Vicki Vidler, SCSP Founder

Vicki Vidler, Founder of the Security Consortium for Suicide Prevention, says: “The very definition of security is the state of being free from danger or threat. As a community of people dedicated to protecting others we have an opportunity to use our expertise to tackle the issue of suicide, and we are proud to have ABM on board to help us on that journey.

“Following our initial launch, the upcoming conference will mark World Suicide Prevention Day and be a wonderful opportunity to spread our message, share ideas and also learn from the professionals in the room.”  

World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) was established in 2003 by the International Association for Suicide Prevention in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO). Marked on the 10th of September every year, the event focuses attention on the issue, and on reducing stigma and raising awareness amongst organisations, government and the public with a view to promoting the singular message that suicide is preventable.

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