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Towards Zero Suicide: Preventing Suicide, Saving Lives

News and updates from todays conference.

Chaired by Sean Duggan Chief Executive The Centre for Mental Health, this conference focuses on Suicide Prevention and moving towards Zero Suicide as the ambition announced by the Government earlier this year. 

Moira Tombs opened the conference drawing on her own lived experience with a very powerful presentation based on her experience of experiencing suicidal thoughts and attempts following the death of her partner. Her presentation emphasised the need for really responsive services and listening to people. 

Dr Caroline Dollery delivered a national update on moving towards zero suicide. Carolines presentation is available here. Caroline discussed the support and developments in mental health support in education and schools. Caroline also discussed their experience as a zero suicide programme.  Caroline also discussed the importance of changing the way we talk and listening more, involving families and carers.  "You would be more in trouble by not sharing than by sharing with families/carers/people that are trusted". Caroline also discussed how safety plans working with service users can be used to reduce risk. Caroline said the biggest impact was probably the anti-stigma work in the community. 

Suicide prevention and the power of collaboration
Ruth Sutherland
CEO Samaritans and Co-chair National Suicide Prevention Alliance
• the importance of cross-sector, multi-agency working
• local partnerships with health services
• national partnership with the rail industry
• working with media

Ruth's full PowerPoint presentation.

Zero Suicide: Reducing suicide through a zero suicide collaborative
Dr Adrian James
Consultant Psychiatrist Devon Partnership NHS Foundation Trust & Chair of the Zero Suicide Collaborative
• reduce the risk of suicide in high risk groups and tailoring approaches to improve mental health specific groups 
• reduce access to means of suicide
• providing better information and support to those bereaved or affected by suicide
• supporting research, data collection and monitoring
• our experience as a zero suicide collaborative

Dr James' full PowerPoint presentation

Quality care and treatment in crisis: elements of 24/7 effective support
Fiona Venner
Director Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service
• what people need when in crisis: five elements of effective support
• why we don’t have beds at our crisis centre
• positive risk taking
• our experiences and developments in monitoring and improving outcomes in a user led service
• supporting people after a suicide attempt
• the role of crisis resolution home treatment teams
• a user led approach to suicide prevention: our experience

Fiona's full PowerPoint presentation

Forthcoming events of interest:

Smoking Cessation in Mental Health
Friday 22 April 2016 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Improving Services & Outcomes for People who Self Harm
Friday 13 May 2016 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Improving Mental Health Services for Men
Thursday 19 May 2016 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Improving Mental Health Services for Young Adults: Supporting the Transition to Adulthood
Tuesday 21 June 2016 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Improving Mental Health Crisis Care: Maintaining Momentum
Wednesday 22 June 2016 
ICO Conference Centre, London

Mental Health, Ill Health & Personality Disorder
Thursday 23 June 2016 
ICO Conference Centre, London

Psychological Therapies for Severe Mental Illness
Tuesday 5 July 2016 
ICO Conference Centre, London

Psychological Therapies in the NHS
Wednesday 15 March 2017 — Thursday 16 March 
Millenium Conference Centre, London

15 March 2016


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