All Party Parliamentary Group (Suicide)

Joy was invited to a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Suicide and Self Harm Prevention in Parliament on Tuesday. She raised the issue of the importance of mental health teams being prepared to liaise with, and listen to, organisations in the voluntary sector such as Suicide Crisis. She pointed out the dangers of an unwillingness to listen to information that we attempt to share with them (with the client’s consent). She also commented on the importance of recognising that the staff in survivor-led, user-led charities are well-trained professionals, in a professional role, and mental health teams should not not underestimate the skills that they have, or the value of what they can contribute.