Journey of Hope is a new Community Interest Company (CIC), set up to reduce the number of people who take their own life through suicide. Over the last year, we have worked in partnership with the A&E Psychiatry Liaison Service at St Mary's Paddington and provided a community-based response to trauma for those affected by the Grenfell fire, including both survivors and bereaved adults.
|Address||142 Cromwell Road,
London SW7 4EF
How does your organisation contribute to preventing suicide and supporting those affected by it?
Journey of Hope provides support to people who have reached a place of distress and made a suicide attempt often due the stigma that comes with asking for help. Our work supports people to be aware of impact of stigma and to know how to ask for help in the future
Our clients are referred to us by the psychiatry liaison team at A&E, and we work alongside them to deal with the issues that have caused the suicidal crisis to occur. We co-produce an action plan to build resilience and self-help to help prevent a crisis in the future
We provide non-medical support to people after they have been assessed by the medical team in A&E. Our offer is led by the individuals needs and based on dealing with the issues that have brought the person to the level of distress. It can include help with housing, welfare benefits, bereavement, stress, isolation and referral to other services.
We run wellbeing retreats for people affected by suicide. As we grow we intend to support members in building resilience by using up peer led groups including mindfulness, yoga and walking groups. These will be open to anyone affected by suicide.
We monitor and evaluate our work, and work in partnership with local organisations who complement our work. As we grow we seek to extend these partnerships.
What are your current priorities?
We intend to continue to provide additional support to that given by A&E to assist people at risk of suicide to resolve their immediate concerns, such as claiming or reinstating benefits. We will recruit and train a cadre of volunteers to assist this work and combine it with a programme of well- being retreats, both one day and longer residential ones. These will give people a safe space in which to explore recovery practices which will help them cope with crisis and build resilience in the future. We will employ tutors to teach evidence based, recovery practices such as yoga, mindfulness, exercise, nutrition and the value of peer support, as well as practical advice on debt and other support services.
What challenges are you currently facing?
Journey of hope arose from talking to people affected by suicide, and asking what would help. Access to practical help, time to talk and activities to help with wellbeing were seen as important and often missing. Our challenge is:
- Accessing the resources to deliver this range of services.
- Being able to cope with the volume of people referred and making JoH sustainable.
- Dealing with the impact of the cuts in community support, and the complexity of welfare reforms which have left people in desperate circumstances often being the trigger for a suicide attempt.
- To build resources that complement other services who are offering emotional support for people in suicidal crisis.