Public Health England: Support after Suicide – Key to Suicide Prevention

Below is a blog article by Public Health England.

Suicide has a devastating impact on families, friends, communities and work colleagues.

Those bereaved by a suicide are at increased risk of mental health and emotional problems so receiving the right support is essential.

The impact of suicide

Sadly, in 2016 alone, 4575 people died by suicide.   Depending on the situation of the individual, estimates vary on how many people are affected by each suicide – a recent study showed this could be as high as 135 people exposed.

Taking a very conservative estimate of 10 people directly affected, this gives a minimum total of almost 50,000 people annually.  That’s potentially 50,000 people in need of some level of support, whether it’s having someone to talk to, taking a break from work, or simply needing a way to mentally process what has happened with support to do so.

In January 2017, the Prime Minister announced a strengthened cross government suicide prevention strategy, which set out a key objective to improve responses to bereavement by suicide and support services.  In further recognition of the problem the Health Select Committee on Suicide Prevention also recommended services to support people who are vulnerable to suicide.

For PHE – this is a priority area of work and our suicide prevention planning guidance makes it clear that providing support after suicide should be a priority for all local areas to assist in real time and at ground level.

Available resources for the community

Developing support services will help to ensure that people receive Help is at Hand – a practical and emotional guide for anyone affected by a suicide or a suspected suicide.

To help deliver  local support, we have worked with the National Suicide Prevention Alliance and Support after Suicide to develop ‘Support after a suicide: A guide to providing local services’ – a practical guide for commissioners to understand why and how they can deliver support after suicide in their local areas.

We have also worked together to develop two further resources to support local areas called Support after a suicide: Developing and delivering local bereavement support services and ‘Support after a suicide: Evaluating local bereavement support services’.

These include best practice examples across England such as Amparo, The Tomorrow Project and If U Care Share, who provide outreach to people bereaved by suicide by working with coroners and/or the police within days of receiving the referral and offer a wide range of support.

A new publication ‘Finding the Words’ has also been published, which provides help to support someone bereaved and affected by suicide.

To read the full blog article by Public Health England, please visit the following link… https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2018/05/29/support-after-suicide-key-to-suicide-prevention/

Only 7 days left to vote for The Tomorrow Project for the People’s Projects!

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The Tomorrow Project has been shortlisted for a People’s Projects award in the Central East region. The People’s Projects is a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund, ITV, STV and The National Lottery that gives the public a say in awarding National Lottery funding to local projects across the UK. We have the chance to win a share of £150,000.

The Tomorrow Project, run by Harmless, was set up in Nottinghamshire after a high number of suicides. The project offers support to individuals in crisis and at risk of suicide, as well as supporting those bereaved through suicide. Since 2012, we have had hundreds of referrals. Many of our clients have openly told us we’ve saved their lives.

We know that suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds globally, it is the leading cause of death in 5-49 year old males, and the most at-risk group are 40-44 year olds. But, did you know that there is a peak in suicides for those aged 75 and over? The risk of suicide in older adults is phenomenally high, and we want to do more to support them. Many existing therapeutic services exclude those who are suicidal, and most deaths to suicide occur in those who have no know mental health need.

Now more than ever, we need your support to help us win a share of the funding to sustain and expand our life-saving project. We need to offer individuals who are facing issues of isolation, relationship and employment challenges and health needs a safe place. With your vote, we can do just that.

Voting opened on Monday 16th April, and closes on Monday 30th April. Visit https://www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk/projects/view/the-tomorrow-project to find our project, and look out for more information from us on our social media platforms, including stories from individuals supported through the project.

The Tomorrow Project has been shortlisted for a People’s Projects award – we need your votes!

We are thrilled to announce that The Tomorrow Project has been shortlisted for a People’s Projects award in the Central East region. The People’s Projects is a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund, ITV, STV and The National Lottery that gives the public a say in awarding National Lottery funding to local projects across the UK. We have the chance to win a share of £150,000.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR THE TOMORROW PROJECT!

The Tomorrow Project, run by Harmless, was set up in Nottinghamshire after a high number of suicides. The project offers support to individuals in crisis and at risk of suicide, as well as supporting those bereaved through suicide. Since 2012, we have had hundreds of referrals. Many of our clients have openly told us we’ve saved their lives.

We know that suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds globally, it is the leading cause of death in 5-49 year old males, and the most at-risk group are 40-44 year olds. But, did you know that there is a peak in suicides for those aged 75 and over? The risk of suicide in older adults is phenomenally high, and we want to do more to support them. Many existing therapeutic services exclude those who are suicidal, and most deaths to suicide occur in those who have no know mental health need.

Now more than ever, we need your support to help us win a share of the funding to sustain and expand our life-saving project. We need to offer individuals who are facing issues of isolation, relationship and employment challenges and health needs a safe place. With your vote, we can do just that.

Voting opens on Monday 16th April, and closes on Monday 30th April. Visit https://www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk/projects/view/the-tomorrow-project to find our project, and look out for more information from us on our social media platforms, including stories from individuals supported through the project.

Could you write a blog for us?

Harmless would like to invite you to contribute to our blog. Our blog is important to us because it helps us convey a range of issues around self harm and suicide to the public. It helps us reach people in distress and promote better understanding about these issues among our readers.

It helps us tell you about our work, upcoming events, dispel myths and offer advice. But we also want it to challenge stigma and to offer real stories about self harm and recovery so that people reading this can feel connected to what we do and who we help.

If you would like to write a blog for us about your experiences, then you can submit this to info@harmless.org.uk with the title ‘blog post’. In your email, please tell us what name you would like us to use for you. You can say as little about your identity as you want.

The blog should be about 200 -300 words in length and shouldn’t be graphic in any way, but should offer the reader an insight into your experiences that mighty help them relate to self harm, distress, or suicide. The blog could be about what you’ve felt or experienced, what’s helped, or not helped… What needs to change, or what he stigma around these issues has been for you.

It is vital to harmless that we represent your voice and your experiences, so if you feel you can contribute to this blog, please do.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Self harm rates in UK detention centres and prisons

We know that self harm doesn’t discriminate. It can affect anyone, of any age, anywhere. There are frequently reports in the UK news about high rates of self harm in prisons, and we know that people are uniquely vulnerable when they are in contact with the criminal justice system.

In April 2018, The Independent reported that at least one person a day is self-harming in UK detention centres, and that 2017 saw the highest number of deaths in detainees on record, including six suicides. In addition, self harm incidents in prisons increased by 73% between 2012-16 and there were 120 suicides in prison in 2016 – this is the highest figure on record for any given year.

Cuts to funding and staff have left prisoners and detainees in a more vulnerable position than ever. We want to ensure that all professionals working with people who are at high risk of self harm and suicide are better equipped with the skills, knowledge and confidence to help provide support and promote recovery. Harmless’ Let’s Talk Training team provides courses on self harm awareness, suicide prevention, and mental health awareness. If you would like to find out more, please email us: training@harmless.org.uk

Pledge your commitment to suicide prevention and get training discounts in April

As an organisation we work tirelessly to work towards suicide prevention. You may not know, but all the training that we provide across the UK supports our work in suicide crisis and bereavement. We currently receive no funding towards The Tomorrow Project and every training session that we sell means that more people have access to our life saving support.

So, if you watched last week’s BBC1 Documentary #HardestRoadHome with Zoe Ball, you will have seen the importance of our work. If not, here’s a whistle stop tour.

Each week we see over 50 people who are in crisis; we help them with everything from housing to mental health. These are mostly people who cannot access help from anywhere else within current services and 75% are actively suicidal.

We have also seen hundreds of people bereaved by suicide. We usually provide help to these individuals within a few days of the tragic death that they are facing. The youngest person that we have worked with this year was only 4 years old when they came to us – they had lost their dad to suicide.

We work with people facing tremendous human pain, and we help them to face and overcome this – finding hope. Our pledge is to increase the standard and access to support and help to everyone affected by suicide in one way or another. This is a broad claim but WE WILL SAVE MORE LIVES.

Send us your pledge to suicide prevention and receive 10% off bookings on the list of courses below made in April – and with your permission we will share these pledges as we push forwards towards a collaborative approach to overcoming suicide.

All revenue from courses sold will continue our life saving work, so thank you!

Now… who’s going to be first?

The courses we offer:

** discount available on a first come first served basis and subject to availability.

To make a pledge or find out more about this fantastic offer, contact us via:

Phone: 0115 880 0281
Email: training@harmless.org.uk

Facebook:
@HarmlessUK
@HarmlessTheTomorrowProject
@Let’sTalkTraining

Twitter: 
@HarmlessUK
@Lifevsuicide
@Letstalknlearn

Give a helping hand to those who need it

Here at Harmless & the Tomorrow Project we provide lifesaving support to those who self harm and those who are at risk or bereaved by suicide. But we can only provide these services with your help.

Support from the community is vital, through means such as donations and fundraising. From these acts of generosity and kindness we are able to provide support to those who really need it, helping to create a real sense of hope for vulnerable people.

One off donations

If you would like to make a one off donation, you can do so through our LocalGiving pages at the following links:

Harmless: https://localgiving.org/charity/harmless/

Tomorrow Project: https://localgiving.org/charity/harmless/project/tomorrowproject/

Monthly donations

If you would like to continually support our work, you can set up a regular donation at this link: https://localgiving.org/donation/harmless/monthly

Fundraising

If you would like to become one of our fantastic fundraisers, whether you have an idea for a fundraising activity or would like to talk to us about how you can set one up, please contact us using the details at the end of this blog. Whether it be a sponsored sky dive, a coffee morning, or even a fun day, we would love to hear from you with your thoughts.

Contact us

If you would like to contact us about how you can support us or about the work we do, please contact us using any of the methods below:

Email: info@harmless.org.uk

Phone: 0115 880 0280

Facebook: @HarmlessUK or @harmlessthetomorrowproject

Twitter: @HarmlessUK or @lifevsuicide

In the News – ‘Find the courage to ask people how they are feeling’: Zoe Ball opens up about boyfriend Billy Yates’ suicide

Zoe Ball’s world changed the day her boyfriend Billy Yates was found dead at home after taking his own life aged just 40 after a long battle with depression.

Ten months on, Zoe, 47, admits she’s haunted by thoughts of why she couldn’t save him, having to tell herself each day that nothing more could have been done.

You can read the full article at the following link, including a short video, featuring some of the people that have been supported by the Tomorrow Project over the past few years: https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/find-courage-ask-people-how-12220922 

Join us to celebrate 11 years of Harmless!

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Venue:
Ruddington Grange Golf Club, Wilford Road, Ruddington, NG11 6NB

Tickets:
£35.00 Early Bird offer (Ends on 30th April 2018)
£40 per person (Standard price)

The Event:
An evening of celebration including a three course meal, raffle, auction, games & live music

Dress code:
Smart

The purpose:
To raise enough money to save more lives!

The celebration evening will mark a milestone in our work, as we celebrate our 11th anniversary, and give us the opportunity to raise revenue to keep our vital services afloat. Each year we spend time with friends and colleagues, celebrating the work that we have done and the lives that we have saved and the money we raise on the night goes directly back into our life saving services.

Please come along and join is in what will be a wonderful night, learn more about our work, celebrate our triumphs and help us to raise money to keep us driving services in the field of self harm and suicide prevention forwards.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR TICKETS!

For more information or to book tickets please visit our online shop below or contact us:

Tickets: www.harmless.org.uk/store
Email: admin@harmless.org.uk
Phone: 0115 880 0280

THE IMPORTANCE OF CHANGE; A message from our Suicide Bereavement Support Officer

I started my role here as a Suicide Bereavement Support Officer almost a year ago. And I have seen change happen. Not the policy change we want and need. But I have seen change in people, in the stories they share with us after losing someone to suicide.

We have been sharing some of those stories with you, because we want everyone to know that it’s ok to ask for help after a bereavement by suicide. We understand the unique nature of a bereavement by suicide, and how things get very difficult very quickly – but you are not alone in this.

Now we need everyone’s help, so we can keep breaking the cycle of hopelessness and despair that can lead to people having thoughts of suicide themselves after going through this traumatic experience. We break this cycle, change does happen when we believe it can, and when we fight for it.

To paraphrase our CEO, our goal is to see the day when our service is no longer needed. But until then, we will be here, ready to listen.

So if you have been affected by suicide, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. You can email, drop a quick message on social media, or use the good old fashioned way and give us a call. Ask for me, my name is Ana and here is a picture of me chuffed I made it to the finish line last October in a suicide prevention awareness run.

 

Join me, help us, donate and save our service. https://localgiving.org/donation/harmless?ref=aEpQP8AFnT&src=tomorrowproject

Ana