Suicide Prevention Event 2015

Suicide prevention partnership hold saving lives event

Around 60-70 people in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly die by suicide each year and that number is consistently higher than might be expected for the size of the population.

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To raise awareness about the issue an event was held at County Hall in Truro on World Suicide Prevention Day, 10 September 2015.

The theme for Suicide Prevention Day this year was ‘reaching out: saving lives’. We explored a number of different ways of reaching out to save lives in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly - reaching out to the suicide prevention community, reaching out to vulnerable individuals to show them that someone cares and to put them in touch with relevant services, and reaching out to support those who have been bereaved by suicide.

This local event forms part of a collaborative programme in South West England, through which local partnerships are working together with a shared aim towards achieving ‘zero suicides’. It was attended by people who work in public, private or voluntary sectors to support people who may be at risk of suicide, or to reduce risk at a population level, and representatives of people who have experience of suicidal risk.

As well as a formal agenda of speakers, there was plenty of opportunity to network.  A ‘market place’ of service provider stalls provided information about the support services available locally.

  1. The South West Zero Suicide collaborative has its roots in a clinical collaborative to improve patient safety but encompasses a wide range of preventive activities carried out in partnership with a wide range of organisations and individuals. South West Zero Suicide, Local partners in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly include Cornwall Council, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (providers of specialist mental health services and providers of psychological therapies through BeMe), Devon and Cornwall police, Outlook South West (providers of psychological therapies), Cornwall Rural Community Council and General Practitioners.
  2. Outlook South West, Suicide Liason Service for people bereaved by suicide.
  3. If something is troubling you it can help to talk to Samaritans.They're available around the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it's best to call them on the phone. This number is FREE to call 116 123, or email jo@samaritans.org.
  4. If you work with vulnerable people you might benefit from training in suicide first aid. Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training can provide you with the skills and confidence to recognise when someone is feeling suicidal and to follow a model that leads to keeping them safe until they can get specialist help. For more information visit Suicide Safer Cornwall.

The 2013 refresh of Cornwall & Isles of Scilly’s suicide prevention strategy is described in this paper to Cornwall’s Health & Wellbeing Board. The next refresh will begin in 2016, led by the newly formed Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Multi-agency Suicide Prevention Group.