10 September 2019

Working together, we can all help prevent suicide, says mental health trust

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When someone takes their own life it is devastating. Family, friends, health professionals and the wider community will all be affected by the emotional and practical consequences.

On World Suicide Prevention Day (Tuesday 10th September), Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust is encouraging everyone to make suicide their business.

The Trust, which supports people with mental health conditions across Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire, is committed to enhancing its focus on keeping people safe and preventing suicide at every opportunity.

Julie Kerry, Director of Nursing at AWP, said: "We acknowledge that in the past we have not always got things right, but we are committed to learning and developing as a Trust and continue to work closely with those in our care to learn from their experiences in order to enhance our services.

"Statistics show that around 70% of people who take their own life will not have tried to access mental health support, so it is vital we all work together within our communities to gain a greater understanding of the issues surrounding suicidal thoughts and behaviours, give people the confidence to approach someone they are concerned about and make sure that everyone knows where to go for help if they need it."

AWP's Suicide Prevention Strategy aims to work collaboratively with other health agencies and public health specialists to reduce the number of suicides and focuses on seven key areas:
• Reducing the risk of suicide in high risk groups
• Tailoring approaches to improve mental health in specific groups
• Reducing access to means of suicide
• Providing better information and support to those bereaved or affected by suicide
• Supporting the media in delivering sensitive approaches to suicide and suicidal behaviour
• Supporting research, data collection and monitoring; and
• Reducing rates of self-harm as a key indicator of suicide risk.

Anthony Harrison, Suicide Prevention Lead for AWP, said: "We can all play a role in helping to reduce suicide, by starting a conversation with someone you know or suspect is struggling, asking if they're OK and encouraging them to get help. There is a great deal of stigma and fear associated with suicide and this is one of the many reasons people don't talk about it, so we'd encourage people to start a conversation and to ask twice to check their loved one, family member or friend is OK.

AWP is using a number of tools and practices as part of its commitment to keeping people safe and preventing suicide at every opportunity:

Suicide prevention training
AWP has joined the Zero Suicide Alliance, a major national suicide prevention initiative supported by the NHS and other partners, with the aim of reducing suicide to zero. The Zero Suicide Alliance has developed a free 20 minute online training course, which is open to everyone, not just those working in health or social care. It gives people the skills necessary to help those with suicidal thoughts and provides training to approach a conversation with someone who might be struggling, as well as real life scenarios and interviews with people who have lived through the impact of suicide.

From October 2019, the Zero Suicide Alliance training course will be mandatory for all staff across the Trust to ensure they are adequately prepared and confident to identify when someone might be at risk of suicide, as well as knowing where they can access the help and support they need.

The training is available to everyone at www.zerosuicidealliance.com/

Stay Alive app
The Stay Alive app, which offers help and guidance to those who are at risk of suicide, now features information and advice from AWP. With lots of useful information and tools to help individuals stay safe in a crisis, the app can help both people who may be having thoughts of suicide and those concerned about someone else.

It has been developed by Grassroots Suicide Prevention with input from young people and adults with mental health problems and mental health professionals, and contains:
• Quick access to UK national crisis support helplines
• Quick access to information about local crisis services across Avon and Wiltshire
• A mini personal safety plan that can be filled out by a person considering suicide
• A LifeBox to which the user can upload photos from their phone reminding them of their reasons to stay alive
• Strategies for staying safe from suicide
• How to help a person thinking about suicide
• Suicide myth-busting
• Research-based reasons for living
• Online support services and other helpful apps
• Suicide bereavement resources

The free app is available to download from the Apple App Store and the Android Google Play:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stay-alive/id915458967 or https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.org.suicideprevention.stayalive

Personal safety plans
The Trust's patient records system has been updated with enhanced risk assessments relating to suicide prevention. Staff work with patients and their families or carers to develop personal safety plans, containing information and contacts to keep themselves safe.

If you are having suicidal thoughts or you are worried about someone:
It's important you talk to someone. There are lots of people who can help. In the first instance talk to your GP, who will be able to assess your situation and refer you to the right organisation for help.

If you are an existing AWP patient, contact the team outlined in your care plan or the Intensive Support Team identified to help you.

If you are in crisis or concerned about someone who is in immediate danger contact the emergency services on 999.

These free helplines are available to provide help:
Samaritans - call 116 123 or email jo@smaritans.org
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) for men - call 0800 58 58 58 5pm to midnight
Papyrus - for people under 35 - call 0800 068 41 41 10am-10pm Monday to Friday, 2pm-10pm weekends, 2pm-5pm bank holidays, email pat@papyrus-uk.org
Childline - for children and young people under 19 - call 0800 1111
The Silver Line - for older people - call 0800 4 70 80 90

 

When someone takes their own life it is devastating. Family, friends, health professionals and the wider community will all be affected by the emotional and practical consequences.
On World Suicide Prevention Day (Tuesday 10th September), Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust is encouraging everyone to make suicide their business.
The Trust, which supports people with mental health conditions across Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire, is committed to enhancing its focus on keeping people safe and preventing suicide at every opportunity.
Julie Kerry, Director of Nursing at AWP, said: "We acknowledge that in the past we have not always got things right, but we are committed to learning and developing as a Trust and continue to work closely with those in our care to learn from their experiences in order to enhance our services. "Statistics show that around 70% of people who take their own life will not have tried to access mental health support, so it is vital we all work together within our communities to gain a greater understanding of the issues surrounding suicidal thoughts and behaviours, give people the confidence to approach someone they are concerned about and make sure that everyone knows where to go for help if they need it."
AWP's Suicide Prevention Strategy aims to work collaboratively with other health agencies and public health specialists to reduce the number of suicides and focuses on seven key areas: •Reducing the risk of suicide in high risk groups •Tailoring approaches to improve mental health in specific groups •Reducing access to means of suicide•Providing better information and support to those bereaved or affected by suicide •Supporting the media in delivering sensitive approaches to suicide and suicidal behaviour •Supporting research, data collection and monitoring; and •Reducing rates of self-harm as a key indicator of suicide risk.Anthony Harrison, Suicide Prevention Lead for AWP, said: "We can all play a role in helping to reduce suicide, by starting a conversation with someone you know or suspect is struggling, asking if they're OK and encouraging them to get help. There is a great deal of stigma and fear associated with suicide and this is one of the many reasons people don't talk about it, so we'd encourage people to start a conversation and to ask twice to check their loved one, family member or friend is OK.
AWP is using a number of tools and practices as part of its commitment to keeping people safe and preventing suicide at every opportunity:
Suicide prevention trainingAWP has joined the Zero Suicide Alliance, a major national suicide prevention initiative supported by the NHS and other partners, with the aim of reducing suicide to zero. The Zero Suicide Alliance has developed a free 20 minute online training course, which is open to everyone, not just those working in health or social care. It gives people the skills necessary to help those with suicidal thoughts and provides training to approach a conversation with someone who might be struggling, as well as real life scenarios and interviews with people who have lived through the impact of suicide. From October 2019, the Zero Suicide Alliance training course will be mandatory for all staff across the Trust to ensure they are adequately prepared and confident to identify when someone might be at risk of suicide, as well as knowing where they can access the help and support they need. The training is available to everyone at www.zerosuicidealliance.com/ 
Stay Alive appThe Stay Alive app, which offers help and guidance to those who are at risk of suicide, now features information and advice from AWP. With lots of useful information and tools to help individuals stay safe in a crisis, the app can help both people who may be having thoughts of suicide and those concerned about someone else.
It has been developed by Grassroots Suicide Prevention with input from young people and adults with mental health problems and mental health professionals, and contains:•Quick access to UK national crisis support helplines•Quick access to information about local crisis services across Avon and Wiltshire•A mini personal safety plan that can be filled out by a person considering suicide•A LifeBox to which the user can upload photos from their phone reminding them of their reasons to stay alive•Strategies for staying safe from suicide•How to help a person thinking about suicide•Suicide myth-busting•Research-based reasons for living•Online support services and other helpful apps•Suicide bereavement resourcesThe free app is available to download from the Apple App Store and the Android Google Play:https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stay-alive/id915458967 or https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.org.suicideprevention.stayalive   Personal safety plansThe Trust's patient records system has been updated with enhanced risk assessments relating to suicide prevention. Staff work with patients and their families or carers to develop personal safety plans, containing information and contacts to keep themselves safe. If you are having suicidal thoughts or you are worried about someone:It's important you talk to someone. There are lots of people who can help. In the first instance talk to your GP, who will be able to assess your situation and refer you to the right organisation for help. If you are an existing AWP patient, contact the team outlined in your care plan or the Intensive Support Team identified to help you.If you are in crisis or concerned about someone who is in immediate danger contact the emergency services on 999.These free helplines are available to provide help:Samaritans - call 116 123 or email jo@smaritans.org Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) for men - call 0800 58 58 58 5pm to midnight Papyrus - for people under 35 - call 0800 068 41 41 10am-10pm Monday to Friday, 2pm-10pm weekends, 2pm-5pm bank holidays, email pat@papyrus-uk.org Childline - for children and young people under 19 - call 0800 1111The Silver Line - for older people - call 0800 4 70 80 90

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