Suicide Prevention Conference: Reaching those at most risk
“Death by suicide is never inevitable, but for a person who is overwhelmed by feelings and events that appear insurmountable, it can seem like the only answer.” – Public Health England
The suicide rate in Britain fell by 4.7% in 2016, the third consecutive annual reduction. Despite this positive step, more work is needed in order to meet the Mental Health Taskforce’s target of reducing the rate by 10% by 2020.
According to the Office for National Statistics, three quarters of all suicide cases are male with middle aged men constituting the most at risk group. While those in the care of the mental health services are also at high risk, Public Health England reports that people who die from suicide are “usually not in contact with health services and often push through in silence”.
The Health Select Committee has labelled the Government’s National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England “essentially sound” but called for more funding and a greater focus on practical implementation. The committee reported in March 2017 that “there needs to be a joined-up approach to … reaching those who are unlikely to access the traditional services, particularly men”.
Join us for the Suicide Prevention Conference where expert speakers from NHS, social care and the charity sector will explain what more can be done to support those at risk of taking their own life.
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Registration, Refreshments and Exhibition
Opening Remarks the Chair
Dr Shelly Allen, Head of Mental Health Nursing, University of Salford
Our Journey towards Zero Suicide
KEYNOTE - Jane Boland, Mersey Care’s Suicide Prevention Lead, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
Jane Boland qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2001 and has worked in various mental health settings since then. Jane has worked and managed CRHT and Hospital Liaison teams in Manchester and Liverpool building extensive clinical expertise in the management of risk of suicide and self-harm. Jane was appointed as Suicide Prevention Clinical Lead for Mersey care in January 2016 and has been responsible for implementing their learning strategy. More recently Jane co-produced a Suicide Awareness Training resource which was launched in the House of Commons in November 2017.
Changing the perceptions of mental health
Stewart Lucas, Greater Manchester Mind Coordinator and Chair of Network Futures, Mind
Stewart Lucas is a highly experienced voluntary sector leader specialising in strategic change. He has been involved in a number of initiatives that have fundamentally changed the way the world operates including the 2012 Paralympic Games. Up until September 2017 he was CEO of Lancashire Mind and led the charge to alter the way that Lancashire’s providers, commissioners and residents view Mental Health. During his time in post he took a lead role (as Chair of Network Futures) in bringing National Mind and Mind Network together in closer harmony and is continuing to fulfil this role on a part time basis whilst also working with the five Greater Manchester Mind’s to develop a shared and collaborative way of working that responds to the opportunities provided by devolution. Stewart is an unashamed metalhead and weaves his love of the extreme end of the genre into everything he does. He is also available for Bamitzva’s, Summer Seasons and Children’s Parties.
Suicide prevention, the role of protective factors
Alongside risk factors, protective factors are important in determining the likelihood of suicide. We are getting much better at understanding risk factors but protective factors remain relatively less well understood. This presentation will focus on understanding existing knowledge and highlighting emerging thinking.
Dr David Crepaz-Keay, Head of Empowerment and Social Inclusion, Mental Health Foundation
Dr David Crepaz-Keay is Head of Empowerment and Social Inclusion for the Mental Health Foundation. He has led the development, delivery and evaluation of many self-management and peer support across England and Wales. He has been a technical advisor to the World Health Organisation on empowerment issues, chaired a WHO working group on developing indicators of involvement, and has spoken and written widely on involvement, empowerment, self-management and peer support.
With over thirty years of involvement as first a user of mental health services and later as a campaigner, he is also an advocate of service user voices being included in mental health service planning and delivery.
David was a Commissioner for Patient and Public Involvement in Health (2003 ¿ 2007). The Commission (CPPIH) was created to give the public a voice in decisions that affect their health, and the health of the local. He was a founder member of the English national survivor user network (NSUN) and is currently facilitating the Welsh National Mental Health Forum.
Before working in mental health wrote economic models at HM Treasury and models of underground water systems for the water industry. He is also a qualified cricket umpire.
Refreshments & Networking and Exhibition
Salford Suicide Prevention Strategy: Making It Real
Salford’s ambition is to be a city with zero deaths by suicide. Our action plans support suicide prevention throughout our local communities.
Clare Mayo, Integrated Commissioning Manager, NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group / Salford City Council
Clare is an Integrated Commissioning Manager within Salford CCG and Salford Council and supports the work of the Salford Suicide Prevention Partnership. The partnership is comprised of a range of local partners committed to the ambition of being a city with zero deaths by suicide.
Paula Smith, Suicide Bereavement Liaison Worker, Six Degrees Social Enterprise
Paula has been a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner with Six Degrees Social Enterprise in Salford for 6 years. For the last two years, Paula has been working as their Suicide Bereavement Liaison Worker.
Dennis Baldwin, Communications lead, Start
Dennis Baldwin is the communications lead at ‘Start’. ‘Start’ is a therapeutic creative arts and horticulture service which will be celebrating 25 years of working with the people of Salford in 2018. In this celebratory year ‘Start’ will channel their energies into a year of campaigning throughout the Salford community with ‘Reach Out; Start to End Suicide’. Dennis has over 12 years project management and delivery experience with the third sector, these projects were within both primary and secondary health service settings. He is now working within the ‘Start’ Mental Health service where he is leading ‘Reach Out; Start to End Suicide’ which will commemorate those lost through suicide, build resilience within our community, end stigma and save lives.
Suicide prevention in the workplace
The toolkits for employers that we have produced in partnership with PHE and supported by Samaritans:
Louise Aston, Wellbeing Director, Business in the Community
Louise began her career in textile design, working as a fashion buyer for Marks and Spencer. She transitioned into health campaigning by designing a children’s sun protective swimwear range for an award-winning Department of Health skin cancer prevention campaign. As Creative Director at COI, she led high profile public sector campaigns including 5 A DAY, ‘Don’t Give Up Giving Up’ and FRANK.
Since joining Business in the Community as Business Action on Health’s Campaign Director in February 2007, she has produced groundbreaking research, developed practical tools, by business for business, forged partnerships with Government Departments and secured the commitment of UK’s top companies to boardroom reporting on employee health and wellbeing.
The Manchester Self-Harm Project: 20 years of research in Manchester and beyond
Dr Caroline Clements, Project Manager, The Manchester Self-Harm Project , The University of Manchester
Dr Caroline Clements has worked in suicide and self-harm research for 10 years, and is currently Project Manager of The Manchester Self-Harm Project, based at the Centre for Suicide Prevention, at The University of Manchester. Dr Clements has a particular interest in risks of suicide and self-harm in people with psychiatric diagnoses, and her doctoral thesis looked in detail at suicidal behaviour in people with bipolar disorder.
Lunch and Networking and Exhibition
Suicide Prevention: A Council Perspective
Cllr Richard Kemp CBE, Deputy Chair of the Community Wellbeing Board, Local Government Association
Cllr Richard Kemp CBE was the Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Local Government and Vice Chair of the Local Government Association of England & Wales for 6.5 years ending in August 2011. He is currently Deputy Chair of the Community Wellbeing Board at the Local Government Association of England & Wales.
He has been a member of Liverpool City Council for 30 years having held major portfolios in both control and opposition. He is Leader of the Liberal Democrats on the Council.
He is the Deputy Chair of the European & International Board at the LGA responsible for the work of representing all UK councils in Europe and in a range of aid activities. He is the UK rep on the Executive Bureau and World Council of United Cities and Local Government (the World LGA) where he is currently advising on governance issues in Africa.
Suicide prevention for children and young people – Learning from child suicides
We will be considering data and recommendations from the national suicide review, explore how a review of local data could be conducted, and consider recommendations for suicide prevention activities in relation to children and young people.
Dr Bianca Finger-Berry, Critical Incident Lead Officer, Educational Psychology and Specialist Support – Norfolk Children’s Services
I started my working life as a social worker supporting children and young people in difficult home circumstances. After joining the Norfolk Educational Psychology Service in 2001 my main role involved helping school communities through difficult times, such as the death of a student or member of staff. Sadly I have had to support a number of schools following suicides, and as I wanted to contribute to preventing these, I led on our Norfolk Child suicide review, which resulted in a number of recommendations, and we published our guidance: ‘What to do if you believe a child is at risk of suicide’ in 2017. Building confidence of staff through training, conferences and briefing sessions is my current focus of this aspect of my work.
My educational background includes a degree in social pedagogy - Bielefeld, Germany, 1996, a Doctorate in Education - UEA, Norwich (dissertation: The death of a school friend – how young people cope and what helps), and I have just completed my dissertation for the MA in Advanced Social Work – UEA Norwich (Initial impact and young people’s views on teaching about mental health and emotional well-being).
The story of my beautiful 20 yrs old son, Saagar, his suicide and why I believe it was preventable. The resources that were not used to help him stay alive.
Dr Sangeeta Mahajan, Consultant Anaesthetist, NHS
I am a Mental health activist and educator, a qualified trainer in Youth Mental Health First aid and have trained many teachers to identify students with mental health issues at an early stage. Through writing and speaking, I endeavour to engage with as many people as I can so that we can work together to prevent young suicide through raising awareness and reducing stigma.
I empower people with skills so that they can understand the vulnerabilities of those around them and be aware of their own fragility. I aim to enhance the confidence of carers by supporting them with knowledge on how to access services and resources. I also help bereavement families by sharing and understanding their pain.
Ged Flynn, CEO, PAPYRUS
Ged has been with the charity since October 2010. He studied theology and philosophy in Durham before undertaking postgraduate studies in pastoral leadership in Dublin. Ged has a particular interest in grief education and recovery.
Prior to joining PAPYRUS, Ged had been a senior manager in a number of charities and has worked with young people since 1992.
Ged is part of HM Government's National Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group and the Welsh Government's National Suicide Prevention and Self-Harm Reduction Advisory Group. He is also a Master Trainer in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).
Service and Trusts Integrating to improve Care in Self Harm (STITCH)
Salena Williams, Senior Nurse Team Manager Liaison Psychiatry, UH Bristol NHS Trust
Salena Williams is Senior Nurse/Team Manager for Liaison Psychiatry based at UHBristol NHS Trust. She is specialist mental health advisor to the general hospital, providing consultation assessment and care for patients in all wards and departments across UHBristol Trust. A key element of the role is to organise and deliver specialist mental health teaching and training to hospital staff, GPs, ambulance staff, students and non-statutory mental health groups. The role is also a pivotal liaison between UHBristol and the mental health trust Avon and Wiltshire Partnership in strategy and governance. Salena is Director for Bristol Health Partners STITCH project bringing together the two Bristol universities, three NHS Trusts and Bristol City Council to ensure high quality evidence based care and treatment for people who self harm or attempt suicide. More recently she has been seconded to Bristol city Council to write the Suicide Prevention Strategy for Bristol and liaise with stakeholders for the suicide prevention action plan.
Using Rugby League to engage Men
An overview of the Offload project; which is radically redesigning mental fitness programmes to engage men at risk of mental health challenges and suicide.
Emma Goldsmith, Health Programme Manager, Rugby League Cares
Rugby League Cares is the sport’s independent charity which works with stakeholders from across the game to provide current and former players with practical and financial assistance in areas such as education, training and welfare. Working with club foundations, the charity also provides targeted health and wellbeing support to the sport’s community, protects and nurtures the game’s rich heritage and, through the RFL Benevolent Fund, supports players who have experienced life-changing injuries.
Emma Goldsmith is leading a new initiative within Rugby League that offers men the chance to team up with players to build mental fitness. Emma took up the role of Health Programme Manager with Rugby League Cares in January 2017. Prior to this, Emma held a variety of programme management and business development roles within the healthcare industry. Emma is passionate about public health and transforming the way health projects connect with people and communities.
Closing Remarks from Chair
Dr Shelly Allen, Head of Mental Health Nursing, University of Salford
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