On Monday 25 September, Childline Gibraltar held two training events on Suicide and Self Harm Awareness in the John Mackintosh Hall. The training events were given by two UK trainers from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).
One in three calls made to the Gibraltar-based Helpline concerns a mental health issue, with Self Harm the most common. The charity has also seen an increase in contacts made by young people experiencing suicidal thoughts.
The interactive training workshops, opened by the Minister for Health, Neil Costa, aimed to support the Helpline volunteers when responding to service users contacting Childline about mental health, suicide and self harm. The event was also attended by agencies such as the Samaritans, RGP and the Care Agency.
The event was sponsored by the The Parasol Foundation Trust. The Parasol Foundation Trust is a philanthropic trust established in 2004 in Gibraltar and is overseen by its principal benefactress, Ruth Parasol. For over 10 years the Trust has been giving to communities in Gibraltar, UK, Israel, India and the United States. To date, the Trust has committed over £20,000,000 on various educational, health, culture and heritage initiatives.
Ruth Parasol, principal benefactress of The Parasol Foundation Trust, says:
“Our time, success and fortune are borrowed. You can never give or appreciate enough, but every effort helps. Here, at The Parasol Foundation Trust, we enable change by supporting talented individuals and core centers of health and education, in order to create a better future for the next generation. Through education, cutting-edge technologies, advanced medical treatments and culture preservation, we hope to contribute to a better and brighter future.”
Ruth is considered to be one of the world’s wealthiest self-made women today. Following the immense, international success of her online gaming company and its IPO on the London Stock exchange in 2005, Ruth sold her remaining interests and dedicates her time to raising her children, philanthropy and to overseeing her international private investment office.”