Suicide is not inevitable – it is preventable!

We are now proud members of the Zero Suicide Alliance. Find out more about this newly formed alliance here.

Our Trust has joined forces with other NHS Trusts, businesses and individuals across the country as part of the Zero Suicide Alliance. This newly setup alliance aims to raise awareness about suicide and promote free suicide training which is accessible to everyone.

Suicide is everyone’s business

We all have a role to play in suicide prevention! Why don’t you take 20 minutes out of your day to complete a free training module on suicide?

The aims of this training are to:

  • Enable you to identify when someone is presenting with suicidal thoughts/behaviour
  • To be able to speak out in a supportive manner
  • And to empower you to signpost the individual to the correct services or support

Take the training here. It may save someone’s life.

You can find out more about the work the Zero Suicide Alliance is doing here.

What we are doing at our Trust

This year we joined up with Angela Samata, Suicide Bereavement Ambassador, who is working with us to help us develop a strategy that supports people who use services and their carers. Angela presented the 2015 BAFTA nominated BBC One documentary ‘Life After Suicide’, which told the story of her husband Mark’s suicide.

In July 2017 we held a Suicide Prevention conference where colleagues from a variety of organisations including police, Samaritans, Patient Safety Collaboratives and more came together to make pledges, including:

  • To involve the families and carers of people who are feeling suicidal
  • To let people know there is hope
  • To ensure suicide prevention is at the centre of everything we do
  • To value lived experience as much as clinical knowledge
  • To talk openly about suicide

We have also co-produced training that is due to be launched through our Recovery College in March 2018 that will be open to anyone and will help people feel confident to talk about suicide.