Working together to raise awareness of suicide prevention

CACHE is currently working with digital learning platform, LearnBox, social enterprise Big Dog Little Dog (BDLD), and an expert psychologist from AELP to help raise awareness and reduce suicide.

We recently caught up with from Lucy Dunleavy, CEO and Founder at LearnBox, to find out more about this collaboration.

LearnBox is driven by video empowered learning. As market leaders in the creation and delivery of high-quality video content, LearnBox empowers adult learners and targets workforce skills gaps, to enable them to thrive and grow. Their digitalised learning content is hosted on an intuitive, responsive Learner Management System (LMS) making it easily accessible anytime, anywhere and on any device.

Changing the world with education

Lucy Dunleavy, CEO and Founder at LearnBox, said: “Thanks to the late, great Nelson Mandela, we know that education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world. We also know that the power of technology lies within the connectivity and accessibility. Our vision is to combine the two and create the most engaging and effective learning content that is accessible to all which increases social mobility, fills skills gaps and changes the world in the most efficient way.

“LearnBox provides the perfect solution to training providers, learners and employers, ensuring the learner experience is at the forefront of our priorities. We appreciate that training providers aren’t necessarily content specialists and they haven’t always got time or resources in their teams to create content. Therefore we allow training providers to utilise the resources they’ve got and deliver to a wider range of people. Learners can access the learning in a relaxed environment and can adapt to their own pace, and employers can work on their main priority which is their business, as the learning can take place as and when it suits them.

Digitalising qualifications for a wider reach

Lucy continued: “LearnBox has contributed to the development of digitalising a fantastic qualification focusing on suicide prevention, created and delivered by Big Dog Little Dog and CACHE. Our team are responsible for the filming and production of the video content. We’re working alongside BDLD and CACHE to ensure we can reach a wide audience to educate as many people as possible on the importance of this subject and achieve the largest impact.

“The Level 2 Award in Suicide Awareness is aimed at and applies to everybody. There is a massive stigma around the subject of suicide and mental health, and it is something that is close to the hearts of the LearnBox team, as it has affected us personally. With society evolving rapidly, especially now with Covid-19 having devastating affects long-term and contributing factors such as unemployment rates, it’s vital that we remove stigmas and encourage conversation to save lives.

“This qualification enables learners to gain in depth understanding of the topic of Mental Health; ways to identify, ways to cope, and ways to overcome the multiple complex aspects involved. Delivering a digitalised programme allows learners to absorb the information and interact with the module tasks in a different way than the traditional classroom method provides.”

Positive impact on society

“We are honoured and excited to be involved in this project and be working alongside CACHE and BDLD who we respect and admire for the incredible work that they do. We’re very much looking forward to seeing this project come to fruition and being part of the journey from the beginning to end and what impact and effect it will have on learners and society as a result.”

Together, we’ve also partnered with Katrina Thomas, a business psychologist from AELP, who will be measuring the impact within key demographics in order to evaluate the success of the qualifications.

LearnBox has received multiple awards and recognitions, including being listed in the Top 20 Highest Performing Learning Providers of 2019, winning Silver for Start-Up of the year at the LPI Learning Awards in 2019 and Silver for Innovation in 2020. You can find out more about them on their website.

We interviewed Kevin Moore, Co-Founder of BDLD, about the benefits of their service, the impact of Covid-19 on mental health, and why these qualifications are so vital. You can read the interview on our blog. To find out more about BDLD and the inspiring work that they do, visit their website.

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