How would you describe your organisation's role in contributing to the delivery of NSPA’s outcomes to reducing suicide and improving support for those bereaved or affected by suicide?
JWSMF is instrumental in bringing together small organisations invested in suicide prevention via The Alliance of Suicide Prevention Charities (TASC). As a result we have first-hand knowledge of areas that need support. In particular we have funded research into the experience of suicidal feelings, training university staff in suicide awareness/prevention, Nightline support for students, urgent funding for Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide to continue supporting bereaved families, lobbying for changes in confidentiality law, advising the Department of Health on the National Suicide Prevention Strategy.
What are the current challenges to delivering NSPA’s outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
The current challenges in suicide prevention are: 1. Stigma surrounding suicide 2. Lack of funding (Govt.) 3. Cultural changes (religious, gender etc.) 4. Ignorance that suicide is a male phenomenon 5. Dealing with people in suicidal crisis in clinical settings, such as A&E. Wrong environment.