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Skanska – Focusing on mental health within the construction industry

The National Suicide Prevention Alliance recognises the importance of promoting good mental health at work, and the vital role this can play in suicide prevention. Skanska, a member of the NSPA, is raising awareness of workplace wellbeing and mental health with its workforce, supply chain and the wider construction industry. They have a Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy which has four strands: Leadership, Building Capacity, Resources and Research, and Employee Voice.  Below are more details on their work in each strand.

Leadership

  • When Gregor Craig became CEO in 2017 he made mental health and wellbeing one of his four key focus areas. He has set targets around improving mental health and wellbeing across the business.
  • Skanska signed the ‘Time to Change commitment’ in February 2016.
  • Skanska collaborates across the industry to raise the topic of mental health literacy, for example by being members of the Health in Construction Leadership Group and launching initiatives such as the recently created Supply Chain Mental Health Workshops. These commence in September 2018 as part of their Better Together value, whereby they share their experiences with their supply chain partners.

Building capability

  • Skanska has introduced a mandatory requirement for managers to attend Mental Health Awareness training and aim to have 75% of managers and supervisors trained by the end of 2020. This training is also available to all employees, and they want everyone in the business to undertake it.
  • They have trained over 880 of their 6000-strong workforce in Mental Health Awareness Lite so far, with 304 of attendees becoming mental health ambassadors.
  • Skanska has collaborated with a clinical psychologist to develop Suicide Awareness workshops available for all employees, and so far over 120 staff have completed suicide awareness training.
  • They’ve introduced a work impact questionnaire to identify stressors and put in place control measures for individuals or teams who might be experiencing workplace stress.

Resources and Research

  • Skanska provide employees with access to a 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme.
  • In 2017 they created Making the Connection resource cards for employees and their supply chain partners, which provide advice about what you can do or who to speak to if you’re concerned about the mental health of yourself or a colleague.
  • They have developed a post-incident plan called Out of the Blue, so they are prepared as a business to respond to the immediate and longer-term implications of a sudden death or suicide in the workplace. They also have a support pack, to help individuals, teams and the business recover from a sudden death or suicide, and deliver a workshop which details how a business recovers from the effects of a sudden death/suicide.

Employee voice

  • Time to Talk events are held twice a year to encourage people to have a conversation about mental health issues and know where resources can be found. Skanska also raise awareness among their workforce and supply chain on World Suicide Prevention Day and World Mental Health Day each year.
  • Skanska regularly holds 45 minute Stand-Up sessions: events to get the mental health conversation going across the entire Skanska workforce and any supply chain contractors working on site. The Stand-Up sessions are loosely scripted events that are led by the leadership teams for people working within their dept/sites/projects.

You can read more about Skanska’s commitment to mental health on their website.

The City of London Corporation’s suicide prevention work

The National Suicide Prevention Alliance recognises the importance of promoting good mental health at work, and the vital role this can play in suicide prevention. The City of London Corporation, a member of the NSPA, is raising awareness of workplace well-being in the city, promoting help seeking and providing practical support.  You can read about some of the important work they are doing below.

The City of London Corporation

Poor mental health – including stress, anxiety, depression and suicide – is recognised as one of the biggest local issues in the Square Mile, as it is across London and at a national level. Stress at work (whether work-related or otherwise) is one of the main reasons for sickness absence in the UK.

The City of London Corporation is the organisation with local authority responsibilities for the City and over the past few years has been targeting its local resident, worker and visitor populations to provide a coherent place-based approach to mental health and wellbeing across the Square Mile – the UK’s financial and business hub. Almost half a million people come into the City of London every day to work, from across London and the South East.

In the context of the workplace, Business Healthy is an award-winning programme delivered by the City Corporation’s Public Health team. It supports local employers to improve the health and wellbeing of their workforce, providing signposting, access to resources and guidance and hosting expert-led events.

The City Corporation has taken a strategic approach to promoting good mental health in the City, which covers the following areas:

  • Awareness-raising and fighting stigma
  • Creating a dialogue within the City around mental health
  • Opening a physical space to help people to de-stress and build mental resilience
  • Taking a partnership approach to suicide prevention
  • Establishing a Street Triage service

Awareness-raising and fighting stigma, through marketing, local campaigns, and strategic partnerships with businesses and the third sector

The City of London Corporation launched the City’s first-ever mental health and suicide prevention campaign in June 2017, called “Release the Pressure”. Based on a successful campaign developed by Kent County Council, the Release the Pressure campaign is ongoing and is aimed at those working, living in and visiting the Square Mile. It encourages people to recognise day-to-day stresses that could trigger poor mental health and to seek help for them. By advertising in high-footfall areas in the City and sharing campaign resources with the local business community, the campaign has seen much engagement and led to a tenfold increase in views of the list of mental health support services on the City Corporation’s website.

The City Corporation and Business Healthy supports, resources and promotes other local campaigns and initiatives to local businesses, residents and workers (including the City Corporation’s own 3,000-strong workforce). These include the local CCG’s “5 to Thrive”, the Lord Mayor’s Appeal’s “This Is Me” and green ribbon campaigns, the City Mental Health Alliance and most recently the Samaritans’ Wellbeing in the City tool. All of these are aimed at eradicating stigma attached to mental health – particularly in the workplace.

Creating a dialogue within the City around mental health, parity of esteem, and the role of employers in safeguarding employees’ mental health

A partnership with local businesses is in place, facilitated through the City of London Corporation’s Business Healthy network. Two-way flows of information and best practice are facilitated, including face-to-face and online, and events on mental health in the workplace are hosted for member organisations and their staff, including regular Samaritans’ led Suicide Prevention Awareness Training workshops.

Opening a physical space to help people to de-stress and build mental resilience

Business Healthy has facilitated a collaboration between Mental Fight Club, Barbican and Communities Libraries and Output Arts to open Dragon Café in the City in February, which is based on the successful Dragon Café that has been running in Southwark for the past five years. Funded by the City Corporation and Carnegie UK and the Wellcome Trust’s “Engaging Libraries” scheme, Dragon Café in the City is a six-month pilot and is hosted in a library in the Square Mile. It hosts free activities to help visitors de-stress and build mental resilience, referencing “Release the Pressure” as a key theme. Based on the concept of positive mental wellbeing, it addresses common mental health conditions, such as stress, depression and anxiety. Dragon Café in the City also provides a local platform for Thrive LDN’s Problem-Solving Booths.

Taking a partnership approach to suicide prevention and disruption of suicide attempts

The City Corporation has been leading on a long-term suicide prevention programme, bringing together the City of London Police, Samaritans, RLNI, the local CCG and primary mental health service and other organisations, to reduce suicides among City residents, workers and visitors. This work – focusing on helping those at crisis point – includes placing Samaritans signs on bridges crossing the Thames, distributing suicide intervention guidance to 10,000 commuters, and engaging with the local business community through Business Healthy, to deliver suicide prevention awareness training at a low/ minimal cost (see above).

Establishing a Street Triage service, to divert people in mental distress from being detained

The City of London Corporation and the City of London Police have developed a “Street Triage” programme (launched May 2017) with the local mental health primary care service. Initially introduced as a pilot, it addresses the large number of those detained under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act. The triage moves those at crisis away from police detention to a more care-focused approach, reducing the large amount of resource used to detain those at-risk under police supervision. Mental health professionals join police patrols overnight four times a week, determining the best support for those in crisis on the spot. The evaluation of the first seven months of the triage found that 41% of all potential Section 136s were avoided. Most police officers agreed that the force had given a far better level of care to people in crisis since the triage began. Ongoing funding to expand the triage to seven nights a week has been secured.

To find out more about the work that the City of London Corporation is doing, please get in touch with Tizzy Keller – Strategy Officer and Suicide Prevention Lead, or Xenia Koumi – Project Lead for Business Healthy.

NSPA Conference Local Action, National Impact

NSPA conference rallies suicide prevention campaigners to make every action count

The annual National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) conference brought together more than 230 delegates from suicide prevention organisations from all over the UK.

“We believe in engaging the whole range of society in talking about suicide,” said NSPA co-chair Brian Dow, of Rethink Mental Illness, opening the conference.

Delegates heard presentations from and took part in workshops with a wide range of experts in the field, focusing on how action locally can impact on suicide prevention nationally.

Suicide statistics for England in 2017 look likely to show a fall, according to the University of Manchester’s Professor Louis Appleby, who also recommended paying attention to long-term trends rather than focusing too much on figures for a single year.

Suicide numbers vary across England and there are variations within regions, with the North and South West currently having the highest rates, with Southern coastal areas and Norfolk having high rates too.

There has also been a small rise in suicides among young people. Their risk factors include bereavement, losing someone to suicide themselves, exam pressures and isolation. Internet use by young people is also a concern, with it being used in a variety of negative ways, but some positive ones too.

The conference also heard calls from Professor Appleby for self- harm to be monitored and tackled as it is also a predictor for suicide risk.

New research from Scotland looking at young people aged 18-34 has shown that childhood trauma has a major role in responses to stress, which can drive suicide attempts, according to Professor Rory O’Connor from the University of Glasgow.

He said this information can be used to put the right interventions in place to help prevent suicide in those who are affected.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt highlighted plans for zero suicide in NHS settings among people receiving specialist mental health care at the conference. Paying tribute to the commitment of members of the NSPA, who are working to prevent suicide across all sectors, he described suicide as ‘the litmus test of the extent of the improvement of care in every part of mental health’.

In response, Ruth Sutherland, Samaritans CEO and co-chair of the NSPA said, “Every suicide is a tragedy. Three times more people die by suicide than by road accidents and, of those, two thirds have had no contact with mental health services in the year before their death.

Suicide is complex and it’s everybody’s business. It is only by working together that we can prevent the families, friends and communities of more than 6,000 people a year in the UK being devastated by the loss of a loved one to suicide.”

Other speakers included Dr Paul Litchfield of BT Group, who talked about the policies the company has put in place to prevent suicide linked to restructuring, and Bronwen Edwards of the Australian organisation Roses in the Ocean, who has built up an influential suicide prevention network of people with lived experience that reaches from the grassroots to the centre of Government.

 Picture caption: (left to right) Bronwen Edwards, Joscelyne Shaw, Brian Dow, Dr Paul Litchfield

Annual Members Meeting 2017

NSPA members and supporters gathered at NCVO in central London last month for the Annual Members Meeting. Attendees heard what the NSPA has been doing over the last year, and some showcased their own recent projects and findings in a series of presentations. The meeting – open to all members and supporters – happens every year and is a great opportunity for people working in all areas of suicide prevention to network and share challenges, experiences and ideas with each other.

There were also morning and afternoon table discussions sessions. The first allowed people to think and share about how the last year has been for them and how NSPA can help them further. In the afternoon the table discussions were on: men and suicide, working in a small organisation, successful campaigns, and how to better enable and empower people with lived experience.

We are very grateful for everyone who attended, contributing valuable insight into suicide prevention.

Here is a summary of the presentations throughout the day. Click the headings to download PDF versions of presentations slides

NSPA Review 2016/17

Over the last year the NSPA has delivered events such as our conference, local suicide prevention planning masterclasses, and mental health champion training; and we have produced resources including the Local Suicide Prevention Planning guidance, a suite of resources on postvention support, and resources for World Suicide Prevention Day a few weeks ago that reached far beyond our alliance members. All of these activities have contributed to a 32% increase in membership to 92 organisations and nearly 100 individual supporters. Over the next year we intend to: continue to grow and support our membership, with more special interest groups and regional events; enhance the website with more resources and information; and continue to be a strong voice that represents our members.

David Mosse, from the Haringey Suicide Prevention Group, then talked about how the loss of his son to suicide lead him to set up this multi-agency group to lead on suicide prevention planning and delivery across the borough.

The Bridge Pilot

Nicole Klynman, from the City of London, and Will Skinner, a Samaritans volunteer, talked about the challenges of suicide prevention in the City and how they have worked together with the police and health services on the ‘Bridge pilot’, which involved putting signs up on London Bridge, giving out leaflets to pedestrians to raise confidence in helping someone they think might be at risk, and delivering suicide awareness training to front-line staff and people who work near the bridge. They are now working on similar work for Southwark, Tower and Blackfriars Bridges.

Lived Expertise of Suicide: Inclusion, Engagement and Strategic Partnerships

Gill Green, from STORM Skills Training, and Jacqui Morrissey, from Samaritans, talked about an Australian initiative – Roses in the Ocean – which works to “engage and empower people with a lived experience of suicide in order to change the way suicide is spoken about, understood and prevented.” Their definition of lived experience includes having had suicidal thoughts, having been bereaved by suicide, and caring for someone who has suicidal thoughts, and they work to include a diverse range of people and ensure they are supported and trained, and their voices valued. It felt that there was support for the idea of this or a similar model existing in the UK, and the NSPA will continue to work on this.

Suicide and Autism

Jon Spiers, from Autistica, shared their research data on autism and suicide. Findings include higher levels of depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation and higher rates of suicide in people living with autism. The research also highlights how challenging it is to find appropriate support when one finds it very difficult to identify or discuss emotions, work in groups, or call helplines.

Building Collaboration, Investing in Communities

Bianca Hegde, from STORM Skills Training, talked about how they invest money back in to communities through free training and education for front-line staff, running their social change campaign #HeyAreYouOK?, and working pro-bono for organisations including State of Mind and the Greater Manchester Fire Brigade.

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Victoria Sinclair, from the Nightline Association shared their data on the challenges faced by students, the themes coming up regularly (including sexual violence, loneliness, self-harm, suicide and the transition to and from university) and their focus on how to support specific groups of callers better, particularly post graduates, international students and male students.

Suicide Prevention Masterclasses

Helen Garnham, from Public Health England talked about the 2017 Suicide Prevention Planning Masterclasses, particularly what was learned from them, which included how extra funding might be better invested, the desire for more examples of good practice, the benefits of wider collaboration, and the need for more workforce development.

 

Taking Action on World Suicide Prevention Day

Most people have no idea about the numbers of people who die by suicide every year in the UK, a survey for World Suicide Prevention Day has revealed today.

91 per cent of those who took part in the YouGov survey for the National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) either under or overestimated how many people take their own lives each year in the UK, or simply didn’t know. Between 6,000 and 7,000 people die by suicide every year, that’s someone dying by suicide every 90 minutes, so it’s vital that we raise awareness and save lives.

The NSPA is asking everyone to Take a Minute to Change A Life for World Suicide Prevention Day, and the organisation’s 160 members and supporters (including Samaritans, MIND, Rethink Mental Illness, CALM, STORM and Network Rail) will be working together to galvanise action across the country to make suicide prevention a priority in the run up to the day on Sunday 10 September.

The YouGov survey also found that over a quarter of people who responded (26%) said that not knowing what to do and/or feeling worried that talking about suicide would increase the risk of it happening, would prevent them reaching out to someone.

The NSPA wants to change this by getting people to take simple actions to connect with others* on World Suicide Prevention Day, and by showing how easy it can be to make a difference.

Former Rugby League player Danny Sculthorpe said: “I felt suicidal after my back injury brought my playing career to an end. I lost my job, I felt I couldn’t support my family, and we lost our house. I felt as if I wanted to take my own life.

“It is hard for men to speak about how they feel. My mum and dad and my wife had? noticed a change in my behaviour and got me to talk about how I was feeling. Their calling me out saved my life. It was the best thing I ever did. Speaking out is a strength, not a weakness.”

For five years Danny has been a trainer for NSPA member State of Mind, helping players, fans and businesses develop coping mechanisms and mental fitness. “I love it, helping other people makes me feel good,” he said.

Tracy, 28, was in the process of taking her own life when her friend Jade held on to her and talked to her. She was able to help her to change her mind. “Jade saved my life,” said Tracey. “It was a pivotal moment in our relationship.”

Jade said: “Suicide does not end the pain, it just passes it on to someone else.”

Neil Laybourn, who was able to talk to Jonny Benjamin when he was about to make a suicide attempt, and convince him to get help, said: “Jonny was clearly in a lot of pain but I was able to talk to him and get his attention. Once I had done that – it only took a minute – I was able to keep talking to him and persuade him to move out of danger.

“Johnny and I are determined to campaign to let people know there is action you can take that is easy, simple and makes all the difference.”

Co-Chair of the NSPA Ruth Sutherland said: “The results of the survey underline the fact that many people don’t realise the numbers of suicides in the UK, and aren’t confident in talking about it. Suicide is everybody’s business and this is why the NSPA hopes to raise awareness of simple actions we can take in order to reach out to others, while campaigning for effective suicide prevention”.

For further information about National Suicide Prevention Alliance please contact info@nspa.org.uk For press enquiries please contact Sue Royal at Samaritans press office 0208 394 8348.

For out of hours enquiries, please call 07943 809162.

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Notes to editors:

*Make a mate a cup of tea; Invite a mate to join you for a walk or a run; Take action as part of a campaign; Ask someone if they are doing okay; Connect with someone from a different generation and ask them for advice; Like a friend’s cooking? Ask them to share a recipe; Find out more about what you could say to someone who is struggling; Give a friend you are thinking about a call/drop them a text; Watch a video about someone else’s experience on the NSPA website.  All found on the NSPA website: www.nspa.org.uk/home/our-work/world-suicide-prevention-day-2017

  • The National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) is a cross-sector, England-wide coalition committed to reducing the number of suicides in England, and improving support for those bereaved or affected by suicide.
  • The NSPA is working with more than 160 members and supporters from the public, private and voluntary sectors, who are committed to working towards reducing suicide and providing support for people bereaved by suicide.
  • Rethink Mental Illness and Samaritans jointly co-chair the NSPA. For more details go to www.nspa.org.uk
  • All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 2041 adults, of which 1845 opted in to the survey. Fieldwork was undertaken between 24th – 25th August 2017.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

 

Recruiting: new Executive Lead for the NSPA

**Recruitment for this post has now closed**

Are you a dynamic leader looking to take on the next exciting challenge in your career?

We are looking for a new Executive Lead to run the NSPA, working with our Chairs and Steering Group to continue to grow the alliance, build on its growing reputation and influence and consolidate its position for the future. With over 140 members and supporters from across the public, private and voluntary sector, the NSPA needs a dynamic, resourceful self-starter, with excellent communication skills and an ability to get things done. Running a small secretariat as well as being the ambassador for the alliance provides the successful candidate with an interesting and challenging role, suited to someone passionate about suicide prevention with excellent management skills.

About the NSPA

We are the leading coalition of public, private and voluntary organisations in England whose mission is to get all parts of society working together to take action to reduce suicide and improve the support for those affected by suicide.  Our Secretariat is hosted by Samaritans, and this post is based within Samaritans’ Central office.

Our location

Samaritans’ Central Office is located in a converted mill in Ewell, Surrey which is just over 30-minutes by train from Waterloo and 15 minutes from Wimbledon.  As an employer Samaritans offer a good range of benefits, including 25 days’ holiday, free parking, Health Cash Plan, Pension and interest-free season ticket loans.

To apply

For more details please review the Job Description of the role and Post Benefits below. Samaritans is managing the recruitment process for NSPA, so to apply, please download and complete the application form below and email to recruitment@samaritans.org

Deadline for completed application forms is 09:00am on 22 May 2017.

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National Suicide Prevention Alliance’s response to the House of Commons Health Select Committee Suicide Prevention Report

The NSPA welcomes the Health Select Committee’s report into suicide prevention, published today. The compelling written and oral evidence provided by many of our members has directly impacted on the Committee’s recommendations and we’re pleased that these reflect what we’ve been calling for. We are incredibly heartened by the increasing priority and focus on the issue of suicide, particularly since January and hope this will translate into greater action and the investment of resources into this life saving work. We support the call for effective implementation plans being in place across the country – they are vital to delivering on the Government’s Suicide Prevention Strategy. Our work producing a range of guidance including for local authorities in suicide prevention planning and supporting ‘masterclass’ events, on delivering services for support after a suicide and for online community moderators in responding to suicidal content are essential to facilitating this. The report’s wide-ranging recommendations too, demonstrate the need for all sectors of society to work together and take coordinated, concerted action to save lives. Collaboration is at the heart of our alliance, suicide prevention is everybody’s business and with our 100 plus members and supporters, we’re proud to be working with so many people to make a difference. We hope the Committee’s report provides more impetus and drive to stop people dying.

If we act now we can make a real and lasting difference to suicide prevention

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Tuesday 7th February 2017.

Practical steps to reduce deaths combined with effective national and local suicide prevention plans will save lives, Ruth Sutherland, National Suicide Prevention Alliance co-chair and Samaritans CEO, told more than 200 delegates at the NSPA annual conference today.

“Suicide prevention needs to be properly funded and prioritised across the board. We need to know what good looks like and it needs to be implemented everywhere,” said Ruth. “We have a chance to put effective measures in place if we act now, when the Government and policy makers have shown they are receptive to our suggestions.”

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who sent a supportive speech via a short video, said: “Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50 and a leading cause of death in young people and new mothers, so it is vital that we make every contact with the NHS and care services count.

“There is some brilliant work already taking place in mental health but more needs to be done to make care more consistent across the country. I am committed to transforming suicide prevention services and our updated suicide prevention strategy sets out to do more to help those groups at greatest risk.”

It was a tribute to the energy and commitment of NSPA members that suicide prevention was so uppermost in people’s minds, Ruth said. NSPA members also gave evidence to the recent Health Select Committee’s Inquiry on Suicide Prevention, due to report soon.

The NSPA and Public Health England guidance for local suicide prevention planning is raising standards across England. Around 95 per cent of local authorities have suicide prevention plans in place or in development, but plans must be active and effective, Ruth said.

Brian Dow, co-Chair of the NSPA and Director of External Affairs at Rethink Mental Illness said: “We are currently seeing unprecedented intent to improve mental health and prevent suicide from all levels of Government, what we need to do now is channel this energy into projects and services that make a difference on the ground. The NSPA conference has shown some brilliant of examples of what can be done to prevent suicide and we must continue to be ambitious in how we tackle it.

“Suicide rates are still unacceptably high. We are still losing too many brothers, sisters, parents and friends. We now have a unique opportunity to come together to enact practical, proven solutions and save lives,” Brian said.

The conference brought together a number of speakers involved in suicide prevention including Rt Hon Norman Lamb, chair of the West Midlands Mental Health Commission and Professor Louis Appleby, chair of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group.

Gerry Cadogan and Tom Chapman of the Torbay Public Health and the Lion Barbers Collective group talked about their ongoing work to engage with men about their mental health. Malcolm Rae, Trustee chair of State of Mind, showed how sport can reach people who wouldn’t normally ask for emotional support.

Ruth called on everyone to campaign, nationally and locally, to keep suicide prevention at the top of the agenda.

For further information about National Suicide Prevention Alliance please contact info@nspa.org.uk For press enquiries please contact Sue Royal at Samaritans press office 0208 394 8348.

For out of hours enquiries, please call 07943 809162.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

  • The National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) is a cross-sector, England-wide coalition committed to reducing the number of suicides in England, and improving support for those bereaved or affected by suicide. The NSPA has developed from the Call to Action for Suicide Prevention and will continue to build on this national collaboration.
  • The NSPA is working with more than 140 members and supporters from the public, private and voluntary sectors, who are committed to working towards reducing suicide and providing support for people bereaved by suicide
  • Rethink Mental Illness and Samaritans jointly co-chair the NSPA. Members and supporters include The Matthew Elvidge Trust, PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide, NSPCC, Royal College of Psychiatrists, the police, the ambulance service and MIND. The NSPA is funded by the Department of Health and the conference is supported by Public Health England.

Suicide Alliance welcomes PM’s call to reduce stigma around mental health

The National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) today welcomes the Prime Minister’s ‘new approach’ to mental health as a step towards reducing the stigma that surrounds mental illness and suicidal feelings.

The alliance of more than 70 members, including Samaritans, Rethink Mental Illness, Mind, PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide and Network Rail, working together to prevent suicide, says that today’s speech is a statement of intent from which to hold the government to account.

Brian Dow, co-chair of the NSPA said: “2016 was an acknowledgement of the scale of the suicide crisis in the UK and now we are seeing how the government is going to respond. If this approach is going to save lives and make a real tangible difference then it is a very welcome start to 2017.

Our membership has been working in all aspects of suicide prevention and our It’s Okay to Talk’ campaign last year was about reducing stigma and encouraging middle aged men to seek help before feeling overwhelmed. It’s good to see some of this being echoed and championed by the government in today’s speech on mental health.”

While the Prime Minister addressed journalists and third sector chiefs, Jeremy Hunt and the Department of health released the strengthened national strategy for suicide prevention, including a government pledge to improve support for those bereaved by suicide, a move that has been informed by the work of the NSPA and its members.

“Our 140 members and supporters are at the frontline dealing with suicide. We were pleased to work in collaboration with Public Health England and the Support After Suicide Partnership to develop a set of new bereavement support resources, launched today and hope that local authorities and commissioners use them to ensure everyone gets the support they need.

“People bereaved by suicide have told us that this time is crucial for support and can make a big difference to those affected. Research shows that those bereaved by suicide are at high risk of suicide and we need to do everything possible for this group of vulnerable people.”

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Notes to editors:

  • The National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) is a cross-sector, England-wide coalition committed to reducing the number of suicides in England, and improving support for those bereaved or affected by suicide.
  • Co-Chairs of the Alliance are Ruth Sutherland, Chief Executive Officer of Samaritans and Brian Dow, Director of External Affairs, Rethink Mental Illness
  • The NSPA is working with more than 140 organisations and individuals from the public, private and voluntary sectors and including those with lived experience of suicide, who are committed to working towards reducing suicide and providing support for people affected by suicide.
  • Members include Rethink Mental Illness, Samaritans, PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide, The Matthew Elvidge Trust, Network Rail, Grassroots Suicide Prevention, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and Mind. The NSPA is funded by the Department of Health. Our full list of members can be found at www.nspa.org.uk/members.

For press enquiries please contact the Press team at Samaritans press office 0208 394 8348.

For out of hours enquiries please call 07943 809162.

Grassroots Suicide Prevention seeks a new Chief Executive

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£50,314 pro rata
18.5 hours per week, working pattern to be agreed
The closing date for applications is 12 December 2016.
Interviews will take place on 10 January 2017.

Grassroots was formed as a Community Interest Company 10 years ago. We became a charity in 2012. We have one simple yet powerful goal: that no one should have to contemplate suicide alone. We work locally and nationally with communities, organisations and individuals, helping them to support others at risk of suicide. Our training and consultancy helps save lives by enabling conversations that make a real difference.

The Trustees of Grassroots are seeking a leader with the drive, insights and experience to help our small charity to continue to grow and flourish. We are already in a strong position; we have robust contracts, a healthy balance sheet, and an excellent reputation for training and consultancy. And we have a highly effective and committed internal staff team and an exceptional group of trainers. We are now looking ahead to prepare ourselves for opportunities we create ourselves and which arise unexpectedly.

The person we are looking for to lead the charity will have proven leadership experience as chief officer of a small charity or as a director in a larger organisation. They will combine integrity, vision and business acumen with the ability to develop and maintain strategic relationships as well as lead and motivate staff and trainers. They will be highly personable, respectful of diversity, strong on good governance, able to work effectively with a Board of Trustees, and demonstrate exceptional presentation skills and a clear commitment to the aims of Grassroots.

If you are interested in this position, you can download a job pack through the link below, where all details about the application process can be found:
www.prevent-suicide.org.uk/recruitment_chief_executive.html

Recruiting: Senior Events Officer

**Recruitment for this post has now closed**

NSPA Senior Events Officer
6 month fixed term contract, part time (21 hours per week)
£32,207 per annum pro rata + Competitive Benefits
Deadline – 09:00am on Monday 15thth August 2016

Are you an experienced events officer looking for a new exciting challenge? Do you want to make a difference and create events that help prevent suicide?

The National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) is looking for an enthusiastic Senior Events Officer who can hit the ground running and take the lead on delivering a series of events across the country aimed at supporting local suicide prevention activity. With experience of planning and delivering events, including content development, you will be an effective project manager who operates well in a pressurised environment and is skilled at delivering assignments. Able to manage complex stakeholder relationships, you will be an effective communicator who is good at working with a wide range of stakeholders, controlling budgets, and comfortable delivering a successful event from planning through to evaluation.

This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of an important initiative aimed at helping transform suicide prevention activity locally. The Events Officer is critical to the success of this initiative.

The NSPA is a coalition of public, private and voluntary organisations in England whose mission is to get all parts of society working together to take action to reduce suicide and improve the support for those affected by suicide. It has a small Secretariat which is hosted by Samaritans, and this post is based within Samaritans’ office in Ewell, Surrey; 30 minutes train journey from Waterloo and 15 minutes from Wimbledon.

Please visit the Samaritans website for further information and to apply.