Our Suicide Prevention Training For Paramedic Students

We were very pleased to provide suicide prevention training for paramedic students in south east England last month.
They are our ambulance staff of the future and they will of course be going out to people who are at imminent risk of suicide. We are pleased to be able to contribute to their continuing professional development.

Our CEO speaks at national healthcare conference: Supporting People To Be Safe After Suicide Attempts

This week our CEO gave a talk at a national conference about self-harm. The conference was for NHS professionals and other professionals working in healthcare settings. Our CEO’s talk focused specifically on how to support people to be safe after suicide attempts.

She explained the importance of intensive support and a tenacious approach to helping someone to survive after a suicide attempt – and explained how to build empathy and a strong connection with someone in crisis.

Our Oral Evidence To A Parliamentary Select Committee

On 5th December our CEO was invited to give oral evidence about men’s mental health and suicide risk to a Parliamentary Select Committee.

She drew on the experiences of male clients at our Suicide Crisis Centre over the past decade.

In this video clip below, she explains the challenges men can experience in seeking help, and how crisis services need to adapt to meet their particular needs. She explains the experience of John, one of our very first clients; how he had to take very small steps to accessing face to face support: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOLrAtN10WI

Joy also spoke about the charity’s research into deaths by suicide, and here she explains about the tragic experience of Ashley and our concerns that when someone is accessing crisis services and emergency services more frequently, their risk is not always recognised: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7xH0pKIkbw&feature=youtu.be

Sending suicide prevention books to Ukrainian libraries

We are pleased to have been able to donate copies of The Suicide Prevention Pocket Guidebook to Ukrainian libraries. We donated the books through Book Aid International in partnership with PEN Ukraine.

Book Aid International explains: “The libraries PEN Ukraine is supporting have become far more than places to read. They are social hubs where people can spend time with their community, and some even serve as shelters during bombardments. English language books in particular provide a sense of connection with the outside world and international solidarity with Ukraine.”

Our participation in All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) meeting on preventing opioid-related deaths

The focus of the APPG meeting was preventing opioid-related deaths. A significant percentage of clients at our Suicide Crisis Centre have a history of drug use and we are concerned to do all we can to reduce the risk of death from opioid use.

The meeting looked at the barriers to wider use of naloxone as well as the introduction of naloxone into frontline services such as police forces. Naloxone is an emergency medication used to block the effects of opioids, including in heroin overdoses.

This information from the charity Change, Grow, Live (CGL) explains how you can access training to use naloxene in an emergency: https://www.changegrowlive.org/advice-info/alcohol-drugs/naloxone-overdose-reversal-drug

Our CEO’s recent contributions to national newspaper articles about suicide

Our CEO was asked to comment in recent articles in The Telegraph and The Daily Mail.

In The Telegraph, she was asked about the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) suicide figures. She was asked to comment on reasons for the increase in the number of older people (aged 65 and above) dying by suicide in 2022.

She explained how it is almost always a combination of many factors that make someone vulnerable to a suicidal crisis – but she explained about the many ways in which the pandemic and the subsequent cost-of-living crisis have had a particularly adverse impact on some older people’s vulnerability to a suicidal crisis during 2022 and 2023: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2023/04/05/suicides-hit-record-highs/

In The Daily Mail, she was asked about the reasons why young men die by suicide. She explained the difficulty some young men feel in seeking help, and how men may need a very specialised kind of support. The ways in which they feel able to access support may also be different. She explained how difficult it can be for them to take the first step to seeking help, and how we need to provide flexible ways for men to access crisis services – and provide individually tailored crisis services.

“It’s a place full of hope”: article in The Metro newspaper about our Suicide Crisis Centre

A article in the Metro newspaper this weekend highlights the increased need for our suicide crisis service in December and January, and explains some of our clients’ experiences of accessing our services.

“It’s a place that’s full of hope, because we believe all our clients can survive. And it’s a place of caring and kindness and human warmth.”

This is the link to the article: ‘It’s the opposite of depressing’: Inside the Suicide Crisis Centre | Metro News

Our CEO speaks about trauma and suicide at national conference for healthcare professionals

This week our CEO was a speaker at a national conference on suicide prevention for healthcare professionals.

The title of her presentation was “Responding Effectively To The Needs Of Individuals In Crisis After Traumatic Events.”

In March 2023, she will be speaking at another national conference for healthcare professionals. Her talk will focus on crisis care for individuals who experience a psychotic episode after traumatic events: “Improving Crisis Care For People Experiencing Psychosis.” Although this is a conference for healthcare professionals across the UK, there are some free places for service users/people with lived experience.

Our presentation for NHS Health Education England’s Mental Health Crisis Workforce

We were recently approached by NHS Health Education England asking us to give a presentation about our methods, ethos and approach (and the way we work at our Suicide Crisis Centre) for the NHS Health Education England Mental Health Crisis Workforce.

Joy, our CEO, gave the presentation in September. The attendees included psychiatric professionals who work in mental health crisis services in different parts of the UK, including crisis teams, and clinicians working in emergency services. 

NHS Health Education England (HEE) exists to “support the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvement to the patients and public of England by ensuring that the workforce of today and tomorrow has the right skills, values and behaviours”.