Cumbria Partnership mark World Suicide Prevention Day

To mark World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September, mental health service providers are sharing the work they are doing in Cumbria.

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have invested in staff training which focuses on developing the skills needed to help a person at risk of suicide or self-harm to stay safe. This training will extend beyond mental health services, equipping other health care staff including district nurses with the skills to recognise if people they care for are at risk.  

Jackie Rigby Suicide Prevention Lead said “In addition, we are also improving how our staff are supported following a suicide of a patient in their care, and are asking all staff to complete a survey which will help us develop further support in the future.

Where people have sadly taken their lives by suicide we are ensuring that learning and improvement take place in a timely and effective manner. The Trust is also involved in a number of projects with partner agencies to help us all better understand and share emerging themes in our local populations which can be linked with suicide”.   

April Hook, High Intensity Practitioner in the First Step services has recently been involved in the training. April explained: “I would definitely recommend the training to anyone working with people who may potentially be considering suicide. It is evidence based training which will enhance our skills and our confidence in supporting people at risk.”

The University of Cumbria and the Suicide Leadership Group are taking part in the 13th World Suicide Prevention Day on Friday 9th June at The Fusehill Campus in Carlisle with practical focus groups and workshops.

Help is available if you are worried about yourself or someone else.
The Samaritans can be contacted 24 hours a day: you can call then on 116 123

 http://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help-you

SOBS (Survivors Of Bereavement by Suicide) is a self-help, voluntary organisation. Many of those helping have, themselves, been bereaved by suicide.

http://uk-sobs.org.uk/ . Their national helpline is available from 9am – 9pm every day 0300 111 5065

Papyrus provide confidential help and advice to young people and anyone worried about a young person: https://www.papyrus-uk.org/

Their HOPEline is 0800 068 41 41