Guidance issued to police will see many new changes in the way police respond to call outs from December 11. Police will now be expected to “keep” individuals at a ‘place of safety’ (including, potentially, their home) rather than move them to hospitals or police station, which what has typically happened to date.
Police are to receive new powers next month to search people with mental health needs. The new search power allows police officers to search people in distress when section 135 or 136 (‘sectioning’) orders are imposed. Mental Health Today were first last week to reveal 1,000 people vulnerable people were detained in police cells last year. New guidance released by the Department of Health reveals police will now be given the powers to carry out searches for “their own safety”.
Guidance issued to police today will see many new changes in the way police respond to call outs from December 11 onwards:
• section 136 powers may now be exercised anywhere other than in a private
• it is now unlawful to use a police station as a place of safety for anyone under the age of 18 in any circumstances
• a police station can now only be used as a place of safety for adults in specific circumstances, which are set out in regulations
• the previous maximum detention period of up to 72 hours has been reduced to 24 hours (unless a doctor certifies that an extension of up to 12 hours is necessary)
• before exercising a section 136 power police officers must, where practicable, consult one of the health professionals listed in section 136(1C), or in regulations made under that provision
• a person subject to section 135 or 136 can be kept at, as well as removed to, a place of safety. Therefore, where a section 135 warrant has been executed, a person may be kept at their home (if it is a place of safety) for the purposes of an assessment rather than being removed to another place of safety
• a new search power allows police officers to search persons subject to section 135 or 136 powers for protective purposes.
Link to full blog here: https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/breaking-police-receive-new-powers-to-search-people-with-mental-health-needs
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£45 Information session drop in
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Join us Friday 8th September for ‘The Story so far…’
At this event there will be free training workshops and you will have the opportunity to hear about the life saving work we have been doing as well as hearing directly from people who have benefited from this innovative service, who will be telling their stories.
Sir Colin Campbell Building
9:30 The story so far…
10:30 Workshop 1
13:00 Workshop 2
14:45 Living experience
Lunch & Refreshments provided
This workshop will establish basic principles around Suicide crisis intervention considering the following areas:
- Myths & facts about suicide
- The impact our attitudes have on a suicide crisis intervention
- How to support someone effectively who is in crisis
- How to signpost effectively
- Identifying risk factors
- Understanding & developing evidence based risk assessment tools
- Establishing current emotional states & behaviours
- Reviewing & revisiting risk
Harmless will be hosting a Catch up Café
Tuesday 13th December 2016
4.30 – 5.30 pm.
If you are 18 or over, and would like support for yourself, a friend or family member then feel free to come along.
Our sessions are friendly and welcoming. We create a relaxed atmosphere with approachable staff who provide important information explaining how our service can support you, your friends and family or a colleague.
Catch up Café sessions are held at Nottingham Community and Voluntary Centre on Mansfield Road (opposite House of Fraser).
If you have trouble finding us please call on 0115 8348445 (professional use only) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tomorrow Project is a confidential,
community based suicide prevention service
The Tomorrow Project launched two new pathways on the 12th September; suicide crisis and suicide bereavement. Working at The Tomorrow Project on the suicide crisis pathway has opened up eyes and hearts to those in need.
There were 6,122 suicides of people aged 10 and over registered in the UK in 2014 as published by the office for national statistics. This is 6,122 more than there should have been.
We have seen the referrals and interest in this pathway grow and grow, this emphasises the importance of the project. After seeing the difference, one chat and one cup of tea can make. When a client comes in full of distress and sadness, to leaving filled with hope for the next day, and the days after that. Not only have you possibly filled someone’s day with a little bit of joy, you’ve maybe saved a life.
The work we do here at the Tomorrow Project Crisis Pathway is vital. We help clients keep engaged in their lives, we work towards making their situations better, both practically and emotionally, but most of all, we offer compassion. We offer support. We offer validation. We fight the stigmas that surround suicide. We remind people they aren’t the bad that happened to them. They are important. They are valid. They are loved.
If you need any support, please contact email@example.com or call 0115 9348447, leaving a message including your name, contact details and a crisis worker will contact you within 1 working day.
Could you join our business community champions?
Every year we run a number of events and to make those event happen in a way that reaches everyone that it needs to, we engage with as many corporate sponsors as we are able.
Our community champions help us to widen our offer of help to more people that need it.
Could you be a community champion?
Are you a company looking for further CSR opportunities?
Could you donate £1-300 (or more, obviously!!) to help people in distress and their families come along to our help promoting events.
Your money would help us host events that reach people; in return you would receive sponsorship acknowledgment in local press and convene and an update about the social impact you’ve contributed to.
Please share, and thank you and if you want to get involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
International Volunteer Day on 5 December was designated by the United Nations in 1985 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteering.
Here at Harmless, we are a Community and Voluntary service, so we truly understand the power that volunteering holds, bringing communities together and strengthens the bonds between people, working towards a common goal.
When Harmless launched The Tomorrow Project in 2012, it was brought about due to a need in the community. A small, rural village was in the grips of terrible grief following the loss of a number of people from the community to suicide, with nothing resembling adequate support in place the residents were left reeling from their losses without knowing where to turn.
Seeing and feeling the pain all around her, our CEO Caroline Harroe launched The Tomorrow Project, holding a meeting in a church hall to ask the community what it was that they needed, so the project could ensure that the bereaved were receiving the support they truly needed. This process, along with crowdsourcing the name of the project from the same community, means that The Tomorrow Project is fortunate to benefit from a close relationship with the people for whom it was established.
From this, we’ve have voluntary contributions from different people and groups in many different forms, from a bereaved family holding fundraising events that raised around £4,000, to sponsored runs and bike rides to telling the story of their experiences with Harmless/The Tomorrow Project and how they’ve moved from despair to hope, and all of these are equally important.
So we’d like to take the opportunity on this, the week of International Volunteers Day, to once again thank everyone who has given their time, energy and effort to help us to be able to reach further, build higher and support better those who in need. Those who have turned their own experiences into a source of strength and used that to help support others.
On behalf of all of us here at Harmless and the Tomorrow Project, thank you all.
The team at Harmless and the Tomorrow Project would like to thank Hollie Smith for helping to raise £500 towards our Suicide Prevention services in East Leake.
The Tomorrow Project needs great fundraising efforts like this one to continue delivering vital support and suicide prevention services as it currently receives no statutory funding.
Hollie’s contribution will go towards the delivery of this work and help us work towards a brighter future for many people.
Congratulations to Hollie for completing the Litchfield Half Marathon on Sunday 3rd May, and thank you to everyone that supported Hollie in her challenge. All of the money raised really does make a difference.
Help support Hollie in her fundraising efforts!
Hollie Smith will be running the Lichfield Half Marathon, on Sunday 3rd May 2015 to raise money for the Tomorrow Project.
Let’s give her a helping hand to reach her £250 target!
The Tomorrow Project is a suicide prevention project that has been set up to respond to the needs and concerns of a local community in East Leake.
The work the Tomorrow Project deliver in East Leake currently has no statutory funding and relies on fundraising efforts like these to help keep this vital support running.
Please support Hollie by visiting her Local Giving page here: http://m.localgiving.com/fundraising/hollielouisesmith
Find out more about the Tomorrow Project here: www.tomorrowproject.org.uk