NSPA Conference 2018

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The National Suicide Prevention Alliance will host its annual conference on 31st January at the Kia Oval, London. With talks and workshops showcasing best practice and innovation.

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We are delighted to announce we’ll be holding our annual suicide prevention conference

Local Action, National Impact

Wednesday 31st January 2018, 10:00 to 16:30
The Kia Oval, Surrey County Cricket Club, London

This year we are focussing on the development and evaluation of local suicide prevention plans, with further sessions on men and suicide, lived experience, and other high-risk populations.

Each year the NSPA holds a national suicide prevention conference, bringing together more than 200 individuals and organisations with a professional and personal interest in suicide prevention. We bring people together to share the latest knowledge and information, promote collaboration, encourage engagement with those with lived experience and raise awareness of issues relating to suicide.

With high profile professionals and experts in suicide prevention, our conferences aim to support regional and local implementation of the Government’s Suicide Prevention Strategy for England, showcasing good practice and innovative work across the country.

You can now register and pay for your tickets here.

Registration is essential. Tickets are on sale until 22nd December, and cost £95 +VAT (NSPA Members get a 50% discount via a code which has been emailed to your lead contact).

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Click here to view the full programme, including speakers.  

Below are further details on the content of breakout sessions.
How to set up and run a real-time suicide surveillance system

Thames Valley Police and Public Health England South East talk about their work with a range of local partners to establish an effective real-time suicide surveillance system. 

Effective Local Plans

Public Health England and the National Suicide Prevention Alliance share good practice in developing and implementing local suicide prevention plans, with examples of innovative work in high-rise flats and with people experiencing domestic abuse.

Men and suicide: reaching high risk groups beyond healthcare settings

Derbyshire’s suicide prevention partnership and Grassroots Suicide Prevention share details of their community outreach work, focused particularly on men. Explore how we can make the most of the people and opportunities already present in our local communities. 

New approaches to suicide prevention in probation settings: Practice and research perspectives

This evidence based workshop will show case new and innovative approaches to suicide prevention within the National Probation Service (NPS).  It also provides an opportunity for delegates to reflect on how they might collaborate with NPS in developing new ideas to support effective suicide prevention in this high-risk criminal justice population.

Peer support in crisis and postvention

Recovery Partners and Leeds Mind with Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service share their experiences of two peer support projects. A Place of Calm is a 24/7 crisis house, with support provided entirely by people with lived experience; Leeds Suicide Bereavement Service is a peer led service, offering flexible and compassionate support. They will share their learning and lead a discussion on establishing peer support projects that enable peer workers to be effective and thrive.

Preventing Student Suicide in Higher Education Institutions: Opportunities and Obstacles to Successful Suicide prevention

In 2014, University of Worcester established a multi-agency ‘Suicide Safer’ Project. The project focus includes: Education of current students, future graduates and staff; Support for students and staff to maintain wellbeing; Research contribution to the understanding and prevention of student suicide. This session will describe progress to date, identifying facilitating factors and obstacles that can arise when implementing suicide prevention initiatives in a Higher Education Institution setting.


Effective bereavement support: the vital role of multi-agency working

There are around 6,000 deaths by suicide each year in the UK. Recent findings from the American Association of Suicidology suggest that 135 people are affected by each death and sadly the risk of those bereaved then taking their own lives increases. Using the examples of AMPARO and If U Care Share, this workshop will focus on networks and multi-agency working: their impact, strengths and challenges, and how such networks can be implemented locally.

Empowering and enabling people with lived experience to use their voice

Sharing learning and good practice from projects in Australia and the UK.

Effective Evaluation

Providing guidance on the evaluation of suicide prevention plans and projects, with examples from two multi-agency suicide prevention projects.

Self harm, the missing link in suicide prevention

Presented from the perspective of Harmless, a service providing various offerings to people that self harm, this workshop will examine the role of effectively working with people that self harm as a move towards improved suicide prevention. Presenting key findings from the field to corroborate this approach, delegates will hopefully leave feeling renewed passion and vigour, confidence and competence for engaging with this at risk group.

Suicide prevention in the workplace

Every organisation has an opportunity to support and develop a healthy workforce and it doesn’t need to be complicated. Business in the Community and Samaritans will discuss how employers can take action, including addressing topics often shied away from in the workplace, and providing first steps for an employer to encourage an open, healthy and supportive workplace.