Angela Samata – Life After Suicide BBC1 Tuesday March 17th 2015 22.45

As a TASC Core Member and supporter, Harmless would like to inform you all about a programme that is being screened on BBC 1 on Tuesday March 17th at 22.45. A link to the Radio Times is here. The programme is being presented by Angela Samata, who was chair of the Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide and a member of The Alliance of Suicide Prevention Charities (TASC).

Angela’s partner Mark took his own life 11 years ago and she meets others who have experienced a similar loss, asking why some people choose to take their own lives and whether those left behind can come to terms with their bereavement. She meets Downton Abbey actor David Robb, a Suffolk farmer and Norfolk woman who lives with the suicides of both her husband and son.

 

Harmless and The Tomorrow Project have become a core member of The Alliance of Suicide Prevention Charities (TASC). Find out more about their important work…

Harmless and The Tomorrow Project have now become a core member of The Alliance of Suicide Prevention Charities (TASC). TASC is an alliance of the leading charities dealing with suicide prevention and mental health issues.

TASC came together as an initiative to encourage collaboration and prevent duplication of efforts and funding in the area of suicide research and prevention. TASC was set up in November 2010 and holds quarterly meetings to discuss common goals, current research and future actions..

Since last week marked the 12th annual World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD), we thought we’d share some of the great work that members and partners of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) are currently doing. Including exciting new social media campaigns and the launch of the UK’s first suicide prevention app.

Connecting with People – new World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) campaign

The theme of this 12th anniversary event is ‘Suicide Prevention: One World Connected’. We launched #connectingwith our new social media campaign to promote the importance of connectedness as part of my 24 hour ‘Tweetathon’. The #connectingwith campaign will raise awareness that strong relationships, connectedness and a sense of belonging are powerful protective factors against suicide. Also that reaching out to those who have become disconnected from others and offering them support and friendship may be a life-saving act. This is especially relevant to people who are isolated and in distress.

How you can help

The #connectingwith campaign will encourage people to connect with others and we are hoping people will make new connections or strengthen existing ones and post this on social media. Ideally we would like everyone to pose with the person (or people) they are connecting with, fill in the attached #connectingwith blank certificate to describe the event, take a photo or if willing a ‘selfie’ of themselves holding the #connectingwith certificate and post this on social media.

Grassroots Suicide Prevention – new suicide prevention app Stay Alive

Our ground-breaking suicide prevention app Stay Alive is now available to download to your phone. To download the app to your smartphone visit our website, www.prevent-suicide.org.uk : the Apple App Store and Google Play download links are on the front page.

Key features include:

· Quick access to UK national crisis support helplines
· A mini-safety plan
· A LifeBox of photos you can upload from your phone
· Strategies for staying safe from suicide
· How to help a person thinking about suicide
· Suicide myth-busting

We would love your feedback about the app: please rate and review it on the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Responding to the launch of the Stay Alive app, Catherine Johnstone, CEO of Samaritans, says:

“Every life lost to suicide is a preventable tragedy. There are many possible points of contact with someone at risk, and a vulnerable person may need help and support from several different sources. I am pleased that Grassroots Suicide Prevention is taking this collaborative approach to reach vulnerable people in the online environment. Samaritans is contacted every six seconds by someone struggling to cope and by all of us working together to reduce suicide, we can make a real difference.”

The app has been funded by Network Rail and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and has been built by Switchplane.

If U Care Share: Inside Out gets ‘Celebrity’ backing

The Inside Out campaign which was announced mid-August is gathering pace in the run up to Inside Out Day on the 10th September (also known as Worldwide Suicide Prevention Day) with support from all over the world.

Comedienne and mental health campaigner Ruby Wax explains in the short film what her biggest lie is. If U Care Share Foundation (Suicide Prevention Charity) has launched the campaign to highlight the issue of suicide. When asked why Ruby was supporting the campaign she said ‘it’s really important to talk to someone about how you feel and I totally support the Inside Out campaign.’

We are also proud to announce that Inside Out is also being supported by comedian, actor and television presenter, Alexander Armstrong and top sportsmen Kevin Phillips, Grant Leadbitter and If U Care Share Foundation’s ambassador Micah Richards.

We feel it’s so important talk about how you are feeling and in some circumstances can be life-saving or changing to ask someone WHY? So Inside Out is simple, let’s talk, let’s bring what’s on the inside – out.

Thanks for your help and please feel free to share Follow us on Twitter @IFUCARESHARE #askmewhy

CALM have launched a free web-chat service

The male suicide prevention charity, the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) are pleased to announce the launch of a free web-chat service offering support, information and signposting to men who are depressed or in crisis. Suicide is the leading killer of men aged 20-49 in the UK, and has overtaken coronary heart disease as a killer in older men aged up to 50. The latest statistics show that 77% of all suicides in the UK were male.

Open every day between 6pm – 9pm from Aug 1st, users within the UK will be able to chat anonymously and confidentially to trained helpline staff. The web-chat can be accessed on the CALM website: www.thecalmzone.net/get-help

The new service has been made possible by grants from Comic Relief and the Ellerman Foundation. Following research with their supporters, CALM identified a need to offer online provision, alongside their helpline and texting service, in order to make accessing support easier to a younger male audience.

The web-chat service hours will be extended to match those of the helpline (5pm – midnight) within the next 8 weeks. CALM’s helpline takes around 4,000 calls a month.

World Health Organisation publishes first ever global report on suicide prevention

World Health Organisation report on suicide states that suicide kills one person every 40 seconds. The report looks at suicide rates around the world:

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2014/suicide-prevention-report/en/

If you have any questions about any of the above please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing info@harmless.org.uk or by visiting our website www.harmless.org.uk

 

The Tomorrow Project team present to members of The Alliance for Suicide Prevention Charities (TASC)

A member of the Tomorrow Project team presented the work currently undertaken within the Tomorrow Project to members of The Alliance of Suicide Prevention Charities (TASC) in London on Friday.

TASC is an alliance of the leading charities dealing with suicide prevention and mental health issues. TASC came together as an initiative to encourage collaboration and prevent duplication of efforts and funding in the area of suicide research and prevention. The Aliance was set up in November 2010 and holds quarterly meetings to discuss common goals, current research and future actions.

The Department of Health (DOH) launched a new cross-government strategy ‘Preventing suicide in England‘. The new strategy has been informed by a consultation on the draft suicide prevention strategy in 2011 and TASC was involved in the important consultation process.

The strategy supports action by bringing together knowledge about groups at higher risk of suicide, applying evidence of effective interventions and highlighting resources available.  This will support local decision-making, while recognising the autonomy of local organisations to decide what works in their area.

TASC are now continuing to work to make sure that the strategy is implemented at local level and that there is accountability when this fails to happen.

On the day, our representative  spoke about the history and ethos of our work including the support and training undertaken within educational establishments  and community as a whole.

This was a valuable opportunity to network with key members within TASC; developing an understanding of their participation and  involvement in ensuring implementation of the ‘Preventing Suicide in England ‘strategy at a local level.

The dedication of The Alliance in its work to improve suicide prevention is evident and The Tomorrow Project’s focus to inform, consult, support and respond flexibly as a preventative and post-ventative approach was akin to principles of TASC.

Harmless and The Tomorrow Project will look to maintain links with The Alliance by working collaboratively and continuing to support the prevention of self harm and suicide both locally and throughout the UK.

For further information  please refer to the websites:

www.harmless.org.uk

www.tomorrowproject.org.uk

Email:

info@harmless.org.uk or support@tomorrowproject.org.uk