A meeting will be held in Lowestoft next week as part of a strategy to help further minimise the number of people who take their own lives.
It is being organised by the specialist mental health trust Norfolk and
Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) and is aimed at service users and loved
ones who are involved in their care.
People attending will be asked for their ideas on how family members or friends
can be more involved when the person they are supporting and caring for is
experiencing a mental health crisis.
NSFT will roll out the lessons learned from the focus group throughout the two
The meeting will take place at Sam’s Café at 132 Bevan Street East, Lowestoft
NR32 2AQ, on Friday 15 February, 1.30pm to 3.30pm.
One of its organisers, Howard Tidman, NSFT’s Carers Lead for Great Yarmouth,
said the Trust was determined to improve carer involvement in suicide
“We want to increase our understanding of the experiences of service users and
carers at times of suicidal crisis and to find better ways to give help and
support,” he said.
“Evidence is emerging nationally that there tends to be lower rates of suicide
where trusts have an open culture about involving service users and carers.
“Another national finding is that when professionals are asked to reflect
following a suicide on what they would do differently, they often state that
they would have involved carers more.”
The meeting at Sam’s Café, where refreshments will be provided, is open to
carers and to service users under the care of NSFT’s Great Yarmouth and Waveney
community team or anyone who has experienced the Trust’s adult community or
inpatient services within the past 6-12 months.
It is being held as part of NSFT’s Suicide Prevention Strategy, which runs from
2017 to 2022.
* Anyone wanting more information about the meeting or to book a place should
Catherine Phillips, NSFT’s Carers Lead for Waveney
Tel 07766 317972; email firstname.lastname@example.org
Howard Tidman, NSFT’s Carers Lead for Great Yarmouth
Tel 07557 290169; email email@example.com
Caption: Catherine Phillips, NSFT’s Carers Lead for Waveney
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