Today members of The Tomorrow Project Team are in Manchester at the annual suicide bereavement conference.
The team have listened to presentations from
a diverse group of people from Carla Fine, Professor Michael Myers to coroner Derek Winter who are all aiming towards bridging the gap in services in the U.K. and internationally, all recognising that suicide and suicide bereavement is a global issue that needs addressing.
Katie, our Suicide Crisis Worker reflects:
‘We’ve also heard the issue of stigma being mentioned by nearly every individual speaking at the conference and there is a consensus that stigma needs to be addressed – it’s refreshing to hear people acknowledge these needs so consistently.
In addition, one of the speakers addressed the tone and content of academic evidence based research which I have to say resonated with me on an individual level- that there is a sort of disconnect between academics and front line experience. How we recognise this and then adapting appropriately is essential to making service users feel safe and comfortable as well as confident in our ability to provide them with support the support that they need!’
Suicide bereavement and suicide crisis is work that we take very seriously- we are here to save and improve lives.