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News and Presentation for todays Preventing Suicide in Young People & Children conference

Prathiba ChitsabsanPrathiba Chitsabsan

The NHS England Transformation Programme for Children and Young People
Dr Prathiba Chitsabsan,
Associate National Clinical Director, Children & Young People’s Mental Health, NHS England
Dr Prathiba Chitsabesan is a Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry working in a large mental health and community trust in Greater Manchester (Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust). Lead consultant since 2005, she became Clinical Director in 2015 and subsequently Associate National Clinical Director in 2017 (NHS England- Children and Young People’s Policy Team). She has an interest in the needs of children and young people in contact with the criminal justice system. Over the last 13 years she has published in peer reviewed journals and books and contributed to national reports and guidance. She continues to be research active as a Visiting Chair (Manchester Metropolitan University) and has been involved in a number of regional and national transformation programmes.
Prathiba speaking this morning said:
"Whole system approach, there is far more we need to do, at the moment it is fragmented"
"Number of suicides increases steadily with age, especially in mid-late teens"
"Continue to deliver Five Year Forward View for mental health commitments by 2020/21"
"As previous research tells us, suicide is not caused by one thing – it is the result of multiple factors"
"Involving children, young people and parents in service development and feedback is essential to ensuring services are fit for purpose​"

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Suicide Prevention in Young People
Dr Bernadka Dubicka,
Chair, Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Royal College of Psychiatrists
Pre Event Abstract
This talk will discuss some of the known risk factors for suicide as well as dispel some myths. Reference will be made to recent national suicide statistics and findings from studies on high risk young people with depression. Key issues for young people which increase risk of self-harm and suicide will be highlighted. A particular focus will be on the management of young people who fall into crisis and are admitted to adolescent inpatient units. Risk reduction around this pathway will be discussed, with reference to a review of services in the North West of England and a review of the literature on potential risks of admission. Recommendations for services from this review will be summarised.
Bernadka said:
"Social media use can lead to depression & suicidal ideation via sleep loss"
"Adolescents with suicidal ideation (vs. nonsuicidal) ~12x more likely to have attempted suicide by the age of 30"
"Suicidal children & young people often do not know where or how to access help and when seen by mental health practitioners do not feel listened to"
"Wider recognition that managing risk situations is very stressful for professionals, families, young people and communities. This could be mitigated by the creation of a positive community culture within multiagency working across all community systems (i-thrive)"

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Preventing suicide in LGBT young people
Josh Bradlow,
Policy Officer, Stonewall
Pre Event Abstract
A growing body of research demonstrates that LGBT young people growing up in Britain today experience significantly higher rates of poor mental health (including suicidal ideation and attempts) than their non-LGBT peers. This presentation will outline the most up-to-date research in this area, including key findings from the 2017 School Report (Stonewall & University of Cambridge). It will examine the factors driving these high rates, including anti-LGBT bullying and lack of support at school and at home, and it will outline the steps that schools, practitioners and Government should take to proactively address these underlying drivers of poor mental health, and to support LGBT young people in crisis.
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