At Positive Changes in Placements we have been working with a wide range of institutions, companies and charities. This has ranged from meetings with MP's, to raising money for mental health charities, to writing a number of blog posts to try to smash the stigma around male suicide.
Positive Changes in Placement has contacted over 150 universities about the policies and wellbeing support they currently have for placement students. They have since worked with 16 universities directly on how they can prevent suicides within their placement students. PCIP aim to work with much more HEI's across the UK to ensure the safety of more placement students.
MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
Whilst Keir Starmer was Izzy's local MP she was able to meet him to discuss her campaign and what the government could do to support the mental health of university students better. She since also discussed this with Dr Rosena Allin Khan (Shadow Mental Health Minister), Kate Green (Former Shadow Educator Minister), Matt Western (Shadow Universities Minister) and Michelle Donelan (Universities Minister). She has also attended a government roundtable event on Suicide Prevention in Universities.
Positive Changes in Placement are currently working with Universities UK to create an insert to the 'Suicide Safer Universities' framework, which is specific to placement students. This is due to be released early 2022, with the intention of it being disseminated pan-UK. Izzy has also presented this at the Universities UK mental health conference to highlight it to further universities.
THE CALM ZONE
On Harrison's passing it was decided that to prevent further suicides we needed to raise money for the mental health charity CALM. Since then over £24k has been raised to support their services, through a variety of means (marathons, t-shirt sales, businesses etc.). CALM as a result have featured Harrison's story on their webpage, and have invited Izzy to talk about the campaign and their fundraising attempts at their weekly employee meeting.
RIPPLE SUICIDE PREVENTION
Both bereaved sisters, Izzy de George and Alice Henty met through a bereavement group. Alice lost her younger brother Josh in November 2020 and also wanted to prevent any further suicides. They have since worked together on promoting each others campaigns, supporting each other as friends and through fundraising.
FURTHER COMPANIES, CHARITIES AND INDIVIDUALS
AGCAS UK, Student Roost, Office for Students, Mad Millennials, The Jordan Legacy, Samaritans Lived Experience Advisory Group (advising on their 2022 strategy for the next 5 years), Papyrus, Solent Mind