“Thank you for one of the best events of the year”
Our Annual Members Meeting took place on 11th June at NCVO, London. A wide range of organisational members attended from across the public, private and voluntary sectors alongside individual members.
A selection of NSPA members presented about their work on the day, alongside updates on real-time surveillance and the review of local authority suicide prevention plans. All attendees also spent time discussing topics such as local plans and local multi-agency groups, workplace suicide prevention, and suicide prevention in children and young people, and sharing ideas of good practice and working with people with lived experience of suicide.
Feedback from the event has been overwhelmingly positive, with many attendees commenting on the value of sharing ideas, challenges and hopes in such a diverse group who all care so much about suicide prevention and bereavement support. Thank you to those members who came along and made it such a fantastic day.
Below is information on each of the presentations from the day, please click on the title to view the slide sets.
Penny Fosten (NSPA Executive Lead) updated members on some of our work in 2018-19, including the launch of our Resources Hub, the growth of our national conference, our World Suicide Prevention Day activities, and the increase in our social media presence. She also outlined plans for the coming year including how best to share information and support cross-sector collaboration whilst continuing to enhance connections and communication with and between members and represent our members nationally.
Institute of Mental Health at the University of Birmingham – Working alongside young people to develop and deliver mental health-related research
Maria Michail (Senior Birmingham Fellow), Niyah Campbell (Youth Participation Lead) and Layne Boyden (Member of the Youth Advisory Group) spoke about their work to establish a Youth Advisory Group as part of the Institute, which can contribute to their aim to create a transformational change in our understanding, conceptualisation and response to self-harm and suicide prevention in research, clinical practice, policy-making and community practices.
Mike Wilbur (Delivery Manager Community Wellbeing) presented on the community-based work of the RCC in suicide awareness raising and tackling taboo. He spoke about the Start a Conversation initiative which aims to encourage people to be more open about their worries and show them where to seek help and to break the stigma around suicide.
Kelly Patterson (Senior Occupational Health Officer & Psychological Therapist) and Mark Thomas (Group Manager) talked us through the ground-breaking implementation of Mental Health First Aid and Critical Incident Stress Management undertaken by their fire service and the positive impact it has had on staff and the service as a whole.
Mental Health Foundation
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David Crepaz-Keay (Head of Empowerment and Social Inclusion) spoke about the about the progress made in attitudes and approaches to mental health in the 70 years since the Mental Health Foundation began its work. He also stressed the vital importance of “less focus on illness and broken individuals, more focus on communities and relationships”.
Graham McCartney (Trustee) talked about their road to becoming a charity and what drives the work of Jonathan’s Voice. He also spoke about outreach and raising awareness through their networks in the legal sector.
Real-time suicide surveillance – review of current practice and recommendations for future development
Jonathan Ling (Professor of Public Health, University of Sunderland) gave an overview of the findings of the Public Health England-funded research exploring 2 questions:
- Whether a police and/or coroner led RTSSS could lead to earlier more effective monitoring and improved support for people bereaved by suicide and
- What action is required to implement a RTSSS across the UK effectively?
Jacqui Morrissey (Co-Chair, NSPA and Assistant Director of Research and Influencing, Samaritans) gave a preview of research findings from the Samaritans joint report with the University of Exeter which provides the first ever nation-wide view of the breadth and depth of suicide prevention planning within local authorities in England. You can access the full report here.