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.
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