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Manchester’s 5th National Annual Conference
Suicide Bereavement: Working Together to Make a Difference
One day conference: 28th September, 2016 (£99 + VAT)
Manchester Conference Centre
Time: Registration 8.15am Commences 9.30am - 4.30pm
This event is always oversubscribed, to avoid dissapointment please book as soon as possible.
Details about the Conference
Eighteen speakers will be presenting at the national annual suicide bereavement conference. They include two international speakers who have published widely in this field, a Coroner, a Chief Executive of a NHS Trust, researchers who specialise in suicide prevention and suicide bereavement research, authors of the national suicide bereavement framework which is due to be launched by PHE, specialists who work with children bereaved by suicide, a Public Health Lead who has evaluated a suicide early alert process and mens sheds, a bereavement specialist nurse who describes how working with a family bereaved by suicide has influenced practice across three Acute Trusts etc. Some of the speakers have been bereaved or affected by suicide and have kindly agreed to share their experiences in order to advance delegates understanding of this phenomenon.
We will provide an opportuntity to network with experts in this field. We will demonstrate how suicide bereavement is a key aspect of suicide prevention and share key developments in this field. We will highlight the magnitude of the problem but also provide possible solutions, to help address it. We will provide an opportunity for you to participate in a national suicide bereavement survey due to be launched. Attending this conference will raise your awareness that caring for those bereaved or affected by suicide is relevant to families, friends, colleagues, front line staff and health professionals responsible for their care. Equally important, everyone that attends the conference will leave with the knowledge that we all can make a difference.
You will also attend one of the following workshops:
Workshop 1: Real time suspected suicide early alert system
Catherine Richardson currently the Public Mental Health Lead employed by Durham County Council where she develops and leads local public mental health strategy including suicide prevention, recognising that mental health improvement has a vital tool in the prevention of suicide. During the workshop Catherine will discuss the recently evaluated County Durham Suicide Early Alert Process which is a Community Suicide Prevention programme.
Workshop 2: What about us? Supporting children after suicide
Liz Koole has a particular interest in pre-school children and their experiences of bereavement and how a child’s understanding of bereavement grows with them as they get older. During this workshop, Liz will share her expertise working with children bereaved by suicide and what she has learnt during her Winston Churchill fellowship, which involved visiting Australia, New Zealand and the Republic of Ireland.
Workshop 3: Creating a suicide safer workplace
Christine Clark is a suicide prevention trainer who encourages, empowers and supports commerical organisations and education settings to become suicide safer. This workshop focuses on the workplace in prevention, intervention and postvention punctuating the work force with knowledge and confidence to support others. Christine will highlight the first aid approach and use case studies from a number of organisations who have made this a priority.
Workshop 4: Past, present and future
Melanie McDougall is a Bereavement Liaison Specialist Nurse Lead. They receive referrals from hospital staff, A&E, police, coroners and mortuary staff. During this workshop, Melanie will introduce a mother and father bereaved by suicide, who had lost their child to suicide. The workshop will focus on how working with this family helped to shape bereavement services in three Acute NHS Trusts. Particular attention will focus on health professionals’ responsibility to identify those at risk of harm following a sudden death.
Workshop 5: Psychological treatment to prevent suicide
Professor Gillian Haddock and Yvonne Awenat are based in the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Manchester. Their workshop will provide an opportunity to consider the role of Cognitive Behavioural Suicide Prevention Therapy within suicide prevention interventions. Implications of the results of their portfolio of targeted suicide prevention psychological therapies will be discussed.
Workshop 6: Preventing suicides on the railway
Caroline Kingston is the Project Lead for suicide prevention at Network Rail. Suicide is a significant societal issue, as a rail industry we have the responsibility to stop suicides happening on the railway and we spend considerable time and effort in doing that. However, as an industry we can’t stop suicides alone. We need to work with others outside the industry to do that. During the workshop Caroline will inform and share the work that National Rail and their partners do in relation to suicide prevention.
Who should attend?
This event is suitable for those who might come into contact with those bereaved by suicide and those who wish to learn more about this phenomenon. Examples might include
- policy makers;
- front line staff (emergency services);
- Public Health;
- social workers, teachers, occupational health, prison staff, clergy etc;
- those responsible for implementing the suicide prevention strategy;
- researchers; and
- third sector etc.