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News and updates from today's Suicide prevention conference

Folloing the chairs introductions, Keith Waters Member National Suicide Prevention Alliance Steering Group and
Director of Centre for Self-harm & Suicide Prevention Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust opens the conference with a session on 'National Suicide Prevention National Strategy: where are we now'

Keith's presentation 

Keith's biography:

Keith has 25 years of clinical experience in Liaison psychiatry, self-harm and suicide prevention having worked as a mental health nurse and team lead in the Emergency Department trying to make a difference.

Keith is joint lead for the Derby site of the Multicentre Study of self-harm in England; Clinical director for self-harm and suicide prevention for Derbyshire Health Care Foundation Trust’s and leads on the program for “the right help” by the National Suicide Prevention Alliance. He has been Suicide Prevention Manager for the East Midlands, the Clinical Advisor for Suicide Prevention with the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network a consultant trainer for STORM, an associate trainer for CwP, helped write develop and deliver the SAPT training across the East Midlands and is currently involved in the development and delivery of a suicide and self-harm awareness training package to schools within the East Midlands. He was awarded an Honorary Research Fellowship by Derbyshire Healthcare in 2013 and in the same year helped set up an East Midlands Self-harm and suicide prevention Research Network (EM-SRN) to help promote collaboration and information sharing in the region.

Sarah Hughes Chief Executive Centre for Mental Health continues ith a focus on 'Evaluating the ‘Aiming for ‘Zero Suicides’’ Programme implemented across four CCGs in the East of England'

Sarah's Presentation

Sarah's biography:

Sarah has worked in mental health and criminal justice for 27 years. Originally qualifying in social work and policy, Sarah went onto manage a range of innovative community and secure services, most recently at Mind in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. She also led the research and evaluation of the pioneering First Night in Custody project in Holloway Prison, which saw the roll out of these principles across the prison estate supported by the Cabinet Office. Sarah advocates for values and assets led practice and in recent years has overseen high impact campaigns including Stop Suicide. In between work and family Sarah is part way through a professional doctorate with the Tavistock Centre examining resilience and female leadership. 

Sarah's presentation abstract:

The majority of people who die from suicide are not actively engaged in mental health services  and we know that the impact of suicide on families and communities can last for generations. Yet, the reality of suicide still rests within the shadows and in the main seen as the business of public services. I will discuss that whilst services remain an important part of the suicide prevention plan, we must not underestimate the power of community and the plethora of assets and agency that we need to harness in the bid to achieve sustainable change in attitudes. The Zero Suicide ambition is deeply important, it is indeed leading to Suicide Safer environments and public campaigns are gaining traction. However, within this context I am keen to explore what interventions and capacity we need to develop within communities to change behaviour.

Opening the afternoon sessions is Joy Hibbins Founder and CEO Suicide Crisis who discusses 'How a UK Suicide Crisis Centre Has Achieved Zero Suicide' covering:
• the value of lived experience of mental health crisis in creating an effective service
• how the Suicide Crisis Centre operates and why clients survive
• the reasons why so many men feel able to access the service
• the Trauma Centre and early intervention

Joy's biography:

Joy Hibbins is the Founder and CEO of the charity Suicide Crisis. The charity runs a Suicide Crisis Centre in Gloucestershire which has achieved zero suicide. They have been providing services for four years and have never had a suicide of a client under their care.

Joy is an Oxford University graduate, having previously attended a state school in Gloucestershire. She subsequently taught at Higher Education establishments and later worked in the community. She had a particular interest in working with refugees and asylum seekers and set up a community teaching project to focus on this.

In her presentation, Joy will explain why and how she set up the Suicide Crisis Centre. 

More information about the charity and the Suicide Crisis Centre can be found on their website
Please also see the document “Achieving Zero Suicide at a UK Crisis Centre” for more detailed information about the way that the Suicide Crisis Centre operates, why their clients survive and why so many men feel able to access their service.

Also of interest:

Medically Unexplained Symptoms/Somatic Symptom Disorder National Summit 2017
Monday 30 October 2017 

Using Quality Improvement Approaches to Improve Care Pathways in Mental Health
Monday 30 October 2017 

Improving Physical Health Outcomes for people with Mental Health Conditions
Monday 6 November 2017 

Improving Mental Health Crisis Care
Friday 24 November 2017 

Improving Psychological Therapies For Mental Health Trauma National Summit 2017
Friday 8 December 2017 

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