“The Guardian” article about our Suicide Crisis Centre

Thank you to “The Guardian” for publishing a second article about our Suicide Crisis Centre. In this article, Joy (our CEO) looks at the power imbalance that exists between psychiatrist and patient within mental health services. She describes how her experience of feeling disempowered under that system impacted upon the way our Suicide Crisis Centre was set up. The article also emphasises that lived experience of mental illness should be seen as an advantage for professionals who work with people in crisis, not a disadvantage.

On social media, the most quoted line from the article is “It is entirely possible to be both a psychiatric patient and a competent professional”.

The link to the article is below:-

Reinventing Mental Health Care: Putting Patients In Charge

https://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/views-from-the-nhs-frontline/2017/sep/25/reinventing-mental-health-care-putting-psychiatric-patients-in-charge-suicide-crisis-centre

Our Oxford Conference: a focus on men and suicide

At our recent Oxford conference we talked about our work and how we have achieved zero suicide. There was a particular focus on men and suicide, and we are extremely grateful to our male clients who spoke at the event. It was hosted by an Oxford University college.

Although we didn’t ask for feedback, many people who attended emailed us afterwards and their comments included: ‘inspirational and moving seminar’ ‘simply amazing, thought-provoking, inspiring and moving in every way’ ‘bowled over by the heartfelt, courageous inspirational talks’ ‘important and insightful…. what a wonderful charity’ ‘sharing unique experiences with honesty, bravery and humour’, ‘the presentations…left a profound impact on me’

Huge thanks to St Edmund Hall (part of Oxford University) for making it possible. Thanks to BBC News South for covering the event.

Letter From 10 Downing Street: The Government Gives Its Opinion On Our Work

We were surprised to receive a letter from 10 Downing Street in March informing us that:-

“The Government appreciates the excellent work that the Suicide Crisis Centre does.”

The letter also advises us that “the Department of Health is always keen to learn from best practice and often uses this to help develop national policy. Information about your important work has been received with interest.”

Joy’s Contributions To Parliamentary Groups And Inquiries

Joy was invited to a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on suicide and self-harm in the House of Lords in December.
This month she has been invited to provide a further submission for the Health Select Committee inquiry into suicide prevention, following on from the oral evidence she gave in parliament last year about our Suicide Crisis Centre. This time she has been asked to comment on the Government’s updated strategy on suicide prevention.
Joy has also been invited by the Government’s adviser on suicide to meet with Health Select Committee Chair, Sarah Wollaston, in early February.

BBC 6 O Clock News Features Our Work: On Call With Charity Suicide Crisis

The BBC 6 o clock news featured the work of our charity on 29th November. A news crew filmed us as we went out to visit clients in their homes. As well as providing a Suicide Crisis Centre where clients come to see us, we also need to provide home visits, particularly when clients are at imminent risk of suicide.

The BBC news item focused on “Sarah”, and shows some of the many reasons why our service is needed. Our local crisis team is “closed” when we phone them on Sarah’s behalf. The A&E department at the general hospital says it is not an appropriate place for her. There are also no psychiatric beds available. The link to the online video on the BBC website is below:-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38152562

Joy Gives Evidence At Select Committee In Parliament

Joy was invited to give oral evidence to the Parliamentary Health Select Committee on the 8th November. They are undertaking an inquiry into the action needed to help prevent suicide. Joy was asked to speak to the Select Committee about our Suicide Crisis Centre and how it works.

The video of the Select Committee session is below and Joy’s evidence starts at around 15.26

http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/health-committee/news-parliament-20151/suicide-prevention-evidence2-16-17/

BBC TV Visits Us For Breakfast News Piece

The BBC’s social affairs editor, Michael Buchanan, came to interview Joy for a BBC breakfast TV news piece about the number of patients dying by suicide under the NHS crisis teams nationally. Joy spoke about her experiences under the crisis team in 2012 and explained that it was one of the reasons why she set up our service,to provide something very different. She was also interviewed about our Suicide Crisis Centre. The link to the news piece on the BBC website is below:-

http://http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37563259

Our Presentation To The National Suicide Prevention Advisory Group

The Government’s adviser on suicide, Louis Appleby, approached us a few weeks ago to ask us to give a presentation about our work to the National Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group, which he chairs. We did so on Tuesday. We explained about our ethos and approach, the way our services run, how we have achieved zero suicide at our Crisis Centre, and why a high proportion of our clients are men.

Sky News Focuses On Our Suicide Crisis Centre

Huge thanks to Sky News for featuring our Suicide Crisis Centre in news bulletins throughout the day on World Suicide Prevention Day.

Our thanks in particular to Adele who interviewed Joy and one of our male clients in such a sensitive way, and to Mostyn who filmed the piece in a way that ensured that our client’s identity was not revealed.

“There is a gaping hole in crisis care provision……We need Suicide Crisis Centres across the country.”

Calls For More Crisis Centres As Suicide Rates Soar

http://news.sky.com/story/call-for-more-crisis-centres-as-suicide-rates-soar-10571855