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Towards Zero Suicide: Preventing Suicide, Saving Lives

Friday 29 September 2017
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Towards Zero Suicide: Preventing Suicide, Saving Lives
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Join us for this one day conference focusing on Suicide Prevention and achieving the Zero Suicide ambition.

“Zero Suicide reflects a commitment by healthcare leaders to strive to make suicide a ‘never event’ so that not one person dies alone and in despair” Zero Suicide, An International Declaration for Better Healthcare

This Suicide Prevention event will provide you with national updates, practical case studies, extended focus sessions and interactive discussions. Throughout the day you will take an in depth look at the effectiveness of suicide interventions, the importance of effective early intervention and crisis aversion. You will have the opportunity to discuss your concerns and hopes for improving your own service and learn how other organisations have made advancements, along with practical tips from expert speakers on how you can implement changes within your organisation.

“Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50 and a leading cause of death in young people and new mothers, so it is vital that we make every contact with the NHS and care services count. There is some brilliant work already taking place in mental health but more needs to be done to make care more consistent across the country. I am committed to transforming suicide prevention services and our updated suicide prevention strategy sets out to do more to help those groups at greatest risk.” Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt

“The National Strategy is based on the best available evidence. We know that, for people who have self-harmed, skilled psychosocial assessment leads to better outcomes, yet currently only around 60 per cent of patients receive an assessment. We know that in mental health services, key components of suicide prevention are safer wards, early follow-up on hospital discharge and crisis resolution home treatment teams. We know that supporting young people at risk is a job for primary care, schools, the justice system and third sector as well as mental health services. Similarly, a central theme of this year’s report is the need for local suicide prevention plans in every area, put together by the joint working of public health, mental healthband the many agencies that support vulnerable and high risk people.” Professor Louis Appleby, Chair, National Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group

“Suicide is complex. No one individual, organisation or factor is responsible and many people who take their own lives will not be in contact with mental health services. The bigger issue is the public health issue.  Many government departments are spending money on areas that relate to suicide prevention. We need this issue to be higher up the agenda in all policy work. There's a level of ignorance where people somehow believe that suicide is inevitable. All the evidence is that it is preventable. But there's a need for more strategy, more visibility and more accountability for suicide prevention at a local and national level. We need to understand the good work that is being done and what best practice is so that it can be shared.” Ruth Sutherland CEO Samaritans

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